“One Stair Up” by Chambell Nairne
The text under analysis is a fragment from the novel “One Stair Up” by Chambell Nairne. The plot of this extract centered on a visit to the cinema of a young couple – Rosa and Andrew, but the main focus is maid on their relations. The events of the story are described in the third person singular through the eyes of the omniscient narrator. The author doesn’t pass judgments on his figures, but let them speak from themselves through their thoughts, emotions and feelings. This effect is achieved by means of inner represented speech.
The story can be divided into three parts. Opening paragraph introduce the description of the cinema showing us its luxurious, enchanting and even mysterious atmosphere which sets the tone of the whole story. This part of the text is characterized by mastery usage of expressive means found on all levels of language. With the help of sound imitation (whirring, grate, murmur) author creates the acoustic picture and detailed description full of words denoting colors (green (carpet), chocolate (uniform), blue (pipings), white (lights)) helps us to imagine the cinema hall. The usage of epithets describing “dim region of luxury” (marble staircase, voluptuous stillness) gives us an opportunity to visualize the atmosphere of glamour and mystery of the cinema in its early period. Another remarkable feature of the description is long, complex sentences. All above mentioned expressive means and stylistic devices help us to picture the image of cinema-hall as a very luxurious and even sacred place, a visit to which was not only an entertainment but some kind of social event to people of that time.
The second part of the text is devoted to the advertisement which was shown before the film. The description of it is very vivid and even aggressive as all the commercials. It is full of hyperboles (smashes all the records, million-dollar prize fighters, packed with heart-throbs) and trite metaphors...