1. Still watching the student nurses, Mc.Neil saw that two were deathly white, a third had gasped snd turned away; the other three were stoically watching.
The author uses the above mentioned epithets to give better picture of the inner state of the characters. The word “pale” is rather neutral, while “deathly white” is emotionally coloured. It gives a vivid picture.
2. The golden strain of Polynesia betrayed itself in the sun-gilt of his skin and cast up golden sheens, and lights through the glimmering blue of his eyes.
The author uses reversed epithets in the above extract to touch the reader’s imagination. With the use of epithets, J. London makes emotionally coloured description of the character.
3. On the bottom of the huge and glassy lagoon was much pearl shell, and from the deck of the schooner, across the slender ring of the atoll, the divers could be seen at work.
The author uses simple epithet “glassy” to show that the water in this lagoon was pure.
4. The sun had disappeared, and a lead-coloured twilight settled down.
J. London Hyperbole
1. He steeled himself to keep above the suffocating languor that lapped like a rising tide through all the wells of his being.
The author uses hyperbole to show that the hero was unable to say a single word at that moment.
2. “You couldn’t win from me in a thousand years”, Danny assured him.
The author uses the above-mentioned expression to show that there were no chances to win from Danny. J. London makes us see, that the hero considers himself to be a very good player.
3. He saw the perambulating corpses, the ghastly death’s heads of men who laborated in the dye rooms.
Using expression “the perambulating corpses” the author points out that these men are exhausted with their hard and hazardous work.
1. Jim Cardegee awoke, choking, bewildered, starting down the twin wells of steel.
The author uses the above-mentioned metaphor to describe shot-guns. A word denoting one object is applied to another for the purpose of suggesting a likeness between them.
2. Young puppies and old gray dogs who ought to have known better – oh, they all came up and crawled around her skirts and whined and fawned when she whistled.
The author uses the above-mentioned metaphor to describe old and young men.
3. “To me he is power – he is the primitive¸ the wild wolf, the striking rattlesnake, the stinging centipede”, said Arrellano.
The author compares the hero with the wild creatures.
4. In the whole atoll not two stones remained one upon another.
The author uses metaphor to stress that nothing safe remained in the whole atoll.
1. At times his mind wandered farther afield, and he plodded on, a mere automation, strange conceits and whimsicalities gnawing at his brain like worms.
The simple simile. The author draws a comparison between two different things “minds” and “worms”.
2. He threw off his pack and went into the rush grass on hands and knees, crunching and munching, like some bovine creature.
The sustained simile. The author draws the suggestive analogue.
3. His joints were like rusty hinges.
4. Again the rifles of the soldiers of Porfirio Diaz cracked, and again he dropped to the ground and slunk away like some hunted coyote of the hills.
1. The present storm had been born five days ago in the lee of the Colorado.
The author personificates the storm.
2. Just as daylight laid its steel-gray fingers on the parchment window, Jacob Kent awoke.
The author compares the daylight with a human being.
3. A see swept up the beach, licking around the trunks of the coconuts and subsiding almost at their feet.
J. London The author shows similarity between the sea and the animal Irony
1. The sight of his meekly retreating back must have further enraged Patsy Horan, for that worthy, dropping the table implements, sprang upon him.
2. The French, with no instinct for colonization, futile in their childish playgame of developing the resources of the island, were only too glad to see the English company succeed.
3. “Well”, thought Alice to herself, “after such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs. How brave they’ll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn’t say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house”(Which was very likely true)
4. “…if you drink much from a bottle marked “poison”, it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.”
1. They grew frightened, sitting thus and facing their own apprehensions and a callous, tobacco-smoking audience.
2. He returned with an easier air to the table and his meal.