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What type of atmosphere is created by imagery in the opening paragraph("uncertain glow," "deep shadows")?



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C.Mila

C.Mila

C.Mila
C.Mila

Answered May 01, 2018

Surreptitious.

While surreptitious means secret, it has the additional feeling of "slippery" or "covered up." Amid the Jewish Passover feast of Seder, a grown-up will surreptitiously put a bit of matzoh some place in the house for the youngsters to chase for later in the dinner. You'll see surreptitious connected for the most part to activities, as opposed to things or thoughts.

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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Surreptitious-even though the setting appears to be romantic (a, b) because of the fire, darkness, and the word ardently (5), a closer look at the imagery of the opening paragraph reveals a surreptitious (sneaky, underhanded) atmosphere, especially with the phrases uncertain glow and deep shadows. the shadows alone evoke darkness and deception, but their depth evokes an even more extreme trickery. these deep shadows added to the uncertain glow further cement a surreptitious tone to the story. we cannot be certain that the glow is even a glow. these phrases conjure up doubt, skepticism, mystery, and perhaps even fraud.
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