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Calm I like that word I liked all the words in Midnight in Sicily passage as well It was as if Robb bottled some shallows of the ocean took them home poured them onto paper and let it dry into words Reading it was like bobbing in the waves On the surface you see all the thousands of frantic ripples racing against each other a chaos of miniature troughs and peaks but all the while your bodys floating slowly under the surface rising and falling to the rhythm of the currents The letters in Robbs piece are rippling with the wonderfully entertaining Letizia and yet underneath is the slow peaceful rhythm of history the history of Sicily The rhythm of time is a nice one Nice and calm Take every short sentence in the passage imagine them as the ripples on the surface Take the first long sentences in the second paragraph imagine it as a wave and finally take the forth paragraph as a dive under the surface There a complete summary of the passage I suppose I should try and explain this a little more just incase there was a trace of ambiguity left in my translation There will be no escaping my ocean metaphor though Whether or not it was Robbs intention the nautical flow of the text almost left your fingers dry with salt I would suspect the former considering that Sicily is engulfed by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas Now on to the explanation I asked you to imagine the longitudinally challenged sentences as ripples on the surface because this image alone summarizes perfectly what the short bursts of language actually accomplish Much like an ocean where the surface is vital in its ability to filter ultraviolet light a passage relies entirely up on its sentences to build the intended tone and atmosphere In the Midnight in Sicily extract it is Letizia that ripples all over the text Throughout
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