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Setting the Scene in Bleak House

Charles Dickens was a master of description, both in scene setting and character creation. One of my favorite passages is the opening six paragraphs of Bleak House. I can hardly read it without wanting to wrap up in a warm blanket … Continue reading

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Father Vaillant: A Description

In the classic tradition, appearance was used to signify character. A hero or heroine was not only virtuous, but also handsome or beautiful, but a villain tended to be shifty-eyed, sneering, scowling, or otherwise less attractive. Why do you think Cather described Father Vaillant as she did? Continue reading

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