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Description of a person

By Patricia Harper,2014-04-24 13:06
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A COMMON LABORER He stood by the roadside, with a relaxed pose, taking deep drags off of his cigarette. His faded jeans, worn smooth by years of hard use, were filled with holes and smudged with dirt from the job site. His heavy boots were laced tightly, and caked with mud: multiple layers of stitching showed that they had been repaired countless times. His shirt wa..

A COMMON LABORER

     He stood by the roadside, with a relaxed pose,

    taking deep drags off of his cigarette. His faded jeans,

    worn smooth by years of hard use, were filled with

    holes and smudged with dirt from the job site. His

    heavy boots were laced tightly, and caked with mud:

    multiple layers of stitching showed that they had been

    repaired countless times. His shirt was tied loosely

    around his waist, flapping in the cool breeze. His hat

    was pulled down tight over his head so the wind

    wouldn’t carry it away, the visor shielding his eyes from

    the sunlight.

A NERVOUS MAN

     The instant I knocked, he pulled the door open

    fiercely. “Come in,” he muttered quickly, looking at the

    floor, obviously preoccupied. Before I could say

    anything, he asked, “What took you so damn long?” I

    opened my mouth to respond, but a short, sweeping

    motion of his hand cut me off. He told me to sit, and

    then went about his business, which apparently

    consisted of rearranging every item in the room.

    Although he was quite busy with this task, it changed

    nothing: he moved his lamp or his desk chair into five

    different positions each before ultimately deciding to

    put them in the same position they were before.

A RICH WOMAN’S HOUSE

     A personal assistant opened the gate for me, and led me though an orchid garden (complete with a hand-carved stone fountain) to the mahogany front door, which creaked ominously as he turned the gold-plated knob. “She will be with you in a moment,” he said, and hurried off, leaving me standing next to a coat rack draped with an array of fashionable scarves and overcoats. The soft light from the diamond chandelier was reflected on the floor, which was tiled with granite important from Italy. I whistled softly to myself, impressed, and a little bit overwhelmed.

ASSIGNMENT:

    1. Same conventions as last time (250 words, double

    spaced, proper heading, hardcopy due next class)

2. Subject: “An unpleasant encounter.” This can take

    many forms: you may describe, for example, a meeting

    with an angry boss, or being robbed by a thief.

3. Describe:

    A) Briefly, the location and your overall impression of

    the situation/person.

    B) The appearance of the person. Try to give a unified

    impression using sensory description.

    C) Use dialogue to demonstrate how the person speaks.

    D) Describe the action. What does the person do? How

    does it reflect the personality that you have already

    established (part A)?

*If you need help with describing the appearance or

    other characteristics, refer to pages 54-55 for a

    comprehensive list of categories to choose from.

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