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School Composition

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    William Henry Maxwell
Excerpt from book: PART II CHAPTER I Description LESSON I My Grandmother's Portrait We have no family portraits, Prue and I: only a portrait of my grandmother hangs upon our parlor wall. It was taken nearly a century ago, and represents the venerable lady, whom I remember in my childhood in spectacles and comely cap, as a young and blooming girl. She is sitting upon an old-fashioned sofa, by the side of a prim aunt of hers, and with her back to the open window. Her costume is quaint but handsome. It is a cream-colored dress made high in the throat, ruffled round the neck and over the bosom and shoulders, and the sleeves are tight, tighter than any of our coat sleeves, and also ruffled at the wrist. Around the plump and rosy neck hangs a necklace of large ebony beads. There are two curls upon the forehead, and the rest of the hair flows away in ringlets down the neck. The hands hold an open book: the eyes look up from it with tranquil sweetness, and through the open window behind you see a quiet landscape—a hill, a tree, the glimpse of a river, and a few peaceful summer clouds. Abridged from " Prue and I," by George William Curtis. STUDY OF THE MODEL Do you not find after reading the model that you can almost see the portrait ? This shows that the description is a good one, — it is a picture made by means of language. Observe how carefully the writer has set to work to cause you to see the picture as he sees it. First he tells whose portrait it is. Then, after stating where the girl is sitting, he begins to describe with great minuteness her costume. Why do you suppose so much space is given to the description of the costume ? In the last paragraph the eyes are described as tranquil, the landscape as quiet, and the clouds as peaceful. In what respect are the meanings of...   show more
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  • William Henry Maxwell
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