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The prose piece Kiss and Tell by Alain de Botton offers the reader a humorous as well as embarrassing glimpse into the life of a young woman named Isabel Botton establishes a comical ambiance between the daughter and her parents by creating a situation that many can relate to by way of dialogue Isabel faces an embarrassing as well as common circumstance the presence of her parents when she desires it the least When she first notices that her parents are attending the same show that she and her new boyfriend are she begins to commentate on their current state her attention to detail is what one finds amusing In line five and six Isabel is quoted And whats that dress It looks like a willow tree Botton uses an effective simile here to convey the daughters embarrassment in a comedic way by relating her dress to a completely different entity When referring to her father Isabel remarks And hes about to sneeze Look there we go aaahhtchooo Out comes his red handkerchief I just hope they dont stop us and we can escape quickly at the end One might find this particularly amusing considering the girl goes from narrating her fathers actions and without missing a beat jars right back to planning her and her consorts furtive escape The onomatopoeia used in the quotation helps add to the imagery that the extract inspires not only does one gather a mental visual but an audible one as well Isabels words set the stage for the rest of the piece which increases in its comedic daring as it progresses The parents reactions upon finding their daughter seated behind them reflect those that a child might make when meeting a long absent friend Her father stands up ignores that fact that an elegantly clad and refined audience surrounds him and begins to wave energetically at his daughter the text describes his motions as that of a man
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