Saturday, June 9, 2007

Absolute Phrase(s)

12 comments:

lswolter said...

“The bazaar was emptying quickly, the merchants finishing up their haggling for the day…I picked my way through the dwindling crowd, the lame beggars dressed in layers of tattered rags, the vendors with rugs on their shoulders, the cloth merchants and butchers closing shop for the day. I found no sign of Hassan.” (Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, page 69)

lswolter said...

“He felt [Mildred] there, he saw her without opening his eyes, her hair burnt by chemicals to a brittle straw, her eyes with a kind of cataract unseen but suspect far behind the pupils …the body as thin as a praying mantis from dieting, and her flesh like white bacon.” (Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, page 48)

Anonymous said...

Even as she was falling asleep, head bowed over the child, she was still aware of a strange wakeful happiness. Katherine Anne Porter

Anonymous said...

It stood on a hill overlooking the village, some of its windows boarded, tiles missing from its roof, and ivy spreading unchecked over its face. (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Anonymous said...

A grandfather clock lay splintered at their feet, its face cracked, its pendulum lying a little farther away like a dropped sword. (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

Anonymous said...

She moved uneasily in her chair, the large eyes still watching his face. (Roald Dahl, Lamb to the Slaughter)

Anonymous said...

Radley had been leaning against the wall when I came into the room, his arms folded across his chest. (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird)

Shora H. said...

"He looked down at his handiwork for a few more seconds, then walked away, his scar still prickling a little, and his mind full of those things that had come to him in the grave, ideas that had taken shape in the darkness, ideas both fascinating and terrible." (page 481)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Bonnie said...

"Matt squatted on the floor, his heart pounding."
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, p. 9

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Alison Terry Kirkpatrick said...

The timer on the stove goes off and Mother Claire hurries to the oven, the heels of her shoes tapping on the linoleum.
–from The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

“Maybe,” Mother says, her words spilling out with hope . . .”
–from The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

I leapt to the ground, dust puffing up around my feet . . .
–from The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

“Never mind,” I said, tears threatening.
–from The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Anonymous said...

"After a little while Mr. Gatz opened the door and came out, his mouth ajar, his face flushed slightly, his eyes leaking isolated and unpunctual tears." -from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald (Chapter 9, p. 168)