Exercise 5

Select three powerful words or phrases. Your choices should include imagery and explain how each word or phrase is used effectively in the context.

Tips: Remember to start with a topic sentence to sum up the paragraph above before moving on to your analysis.

Write about 100-150 words.

This time there could be no error, Joe was close to me, and I could see him over my shoulder. But there was no reflection of him in the mirror! The whole room behind me was displayed; but there was no sign of him in it, except myself. At that instant, I saw that I had a cut and it had bled a little, and the blood was trickling over my chin. I laid down the razor, turning as I did so half round to look for some sticking plaster. When Joe saw my face, his eyes widened and ablazed with a sort of demoniac red, like a cobra seeking its prey, he suddenly made a grab at my throat. I drew away, and his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix. It made an instant change in him, for the fury passed so quickly that I could hardly believe that it was ever there.

“Take care,” he said, “I wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself.” Then, seizing the shaving glass, he went on, “And this is the wretched thing that has done the mischief. It is a foul bauble of man’s vanity. Away with it!” Opening the heavy window with one wrench of his hand, he flung out the glass, which was shattered into a thousand pieces on the stones of the courtyard far below.