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This essay frequently uses the non-periodic or loose sentence structure: the component members are continuous, but so loosely joined, that the sentence could have easily been broken without damage to or break in thought. Locate a few such sentences, and discuss how they contribute to the relaxed and conversational effect of the narration.
The following set of sentences drawn from the text is a perfect example of the continuous loosely joined sentence structure. This sentence formation technique is used to give the story a relaxed tone. The narrator is sitting on her chair, smoking her cigarette and trying to solve the mystery behind the mark on the wall but is too lazy to stand up and solve the mystery in less than a minute. This tone depicts a sort of confusion and flood thoughts that the mark provokes in the mind of the narrator. At the same time the broken tone is adding up a conversational effect to the text, so the reader is totally involved in it and knows that the narrator is actually talking to him/her. This tone adds a sort of curiosity in the mind of the readers to know about the mysterious mark on the wall.
“I want to sink deeper and deeper, away from the surface, with its hard separate facts. To steady myself, let me catch hold of the first idea that passes... Shakespeare... Well, he will do as well as another. A man who sat solidly in an arm-chair, and looked into the fire, so— A shower of ideas fell perpetually from some very high Heaven down through his mind. He leaned his forehead on his hand, and people, looking in through the open door,—for this scene is supposed to take place on a summer’s evening—But how dull this is, this historical fiction! It doesn’t interest me at all.”
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