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Unformatted text preview: idden valley. It is autumn and late evening; autumn is the season of dying, and evening is the end of the day. The setting echoes what is happening in the world of men. Language & Style: Many archaic (old fashioned) words are used, typical of the formal prose style of the time. The tone is didactic (a message to teach or instruct), and the story is rich in descriptive imagery (e.g. simile, personification.) Characterization:Neither of the women is named. The young lady is beautiful but seems pale, troubled, and emotionally disturbed. She has come to seek answers from an ugly, wrinkled, shrunken old hag, who seems to have spiritual powers and control over people’s lives. Initially, the young woman is hesitant as to whether she should stay or go. Themes: Sin, guilt, evil, repentance, betrayal, death 1 Symbolism: Autumn and evening symbolize death and dying, the end of life. The old hag symbolizes evil and possibly the devil. Biblical references connect to the idea of primeval sin. Plot developments: There is not much plot to the story – the two characters meet, and the old hag conjures up three sets of visionary conversations involving people from the past life of the young woman. The tension builds up, and the woman is visibly disturbed by these visions. The story culminates in tragedy. Glossary of words and phrases as used in the story smitten with an untimely blight – weighed down or troubled with emotional sickness mouldering – going mouldy and rotten plighted – distressing mantling – hidden, covered impious – not holy or sacred tarry – stay, remain sepulchre – burial monument ordained – decreed, ordered vicissitudes – ups and downs, changes of life querulous – fretful, anxious scourge – a whip of leather thongs perfidy – breach of trust, betrayal knolling – ringing of a bell to signal death revilings – verbal abuses anathemas ‐ curses 2 Questions 1.
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