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Gothic in Deathly Hallows: Guiding the reader's eye

Guiding the reader's eye

Christmas decorations twinkling

The next sentence brings the focus down from the vast sky, to the immediate surroundings.

Cottages stood on either side of the narrow road, Christmas decorations twinkling in their windows.

Increasing your sensitivity

Notice that each clause in this sentence has the same structure: thing, action, place.

Cottages stood on either side of the narrow road, Christmas decorations twinkling in their windows.

Can you find the same two patterns in these examples?

Lights ran down the sides of the passage, beads of water glittering on their casings.

Lights ran down the sides of the passage, beads of water glittering on their casings.

Pipes hung from the shadows overhead, warmth radiating from deep inside them.

Pipes hung from the shadows overhead, warmth radiating from deep inside them.

A curtain hung across the only doorway, tiny love hearts stitched into the fabric.

A curtain hung across the only doorway, tiny love hearts stitched into the fabric.