And Greta said, "Let there be light."

| | Comments (1)

        I didn’t really realize how the details of this story add so much to it.  Greta’s blog helped me realize that Cox wasn’t as bad a writer as I thought he was.  His characterization kind of reminds me of Geoffrey Chaucer’s descriptions of his characters in the General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales.  Both of these authors (obviously Chaucer being the more talented of the two) don’t come out with “the doctor was nice.”  Instead they would describe the doctor’s actions or what he looks like giving him soft features or describing his broad smile.  As Greta points out, the quote from Cox about Water’s “shin-length charcoal dress” and her “multi-colored scarf” say a lot about Mrs. Waters.  She seems to be more upper-class because of her dress.  It is bland yet the scarf shows that she has the confidence to wear a scarf when scarves are generally for cold weather.  This description adds credibility to the fact that Cox describes Waters as a perfectionist. 

                I also never thought of the effect the reporter’s honest use of quotes have on the reader.  Because the true persona of Waters is packaged and delivered with a few dings it somehow makes Cox more trustworthy as a reporter.  He delivers the truth to us.  And, as Greta points out, giving the reader some of the details that do not necessarily make Waters look bad “but like a real person.”


Greta Carroll said:

I'm glad it helped. Good connections between classes (both past and present).

Leave a comment

Type the characters you see in the picture above.