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The first chapter of Village by the sea uses a technique called the Adverb of time this is when the whole scene follows a certain order from first to next The effect of this is to give the reader a picture of the whole day in the village The whole of the first chapter focuses on depicting the life of Haris family this is a stereotype of the village They are similar to the voice of the village as most of the other villagers are either at poverty level or slightly better in their economic standings The chapter commences with the scene of Lila Haris sister going to the beach There are lot of images of birds and flowers The emptiness and isolation of the beach is brought out in no one had walked on it except the birds Scarlet hibiscus blooms sweet-smelling spider lilies and bright butter-yellow allamanda flowers Desai uses the detailed description of the flowers and the bright colors to set optimism in the beginning of the story The customs of the village are brought out when she waded out into the waves and she daubed the rocks with red and white powder She and the other villagers thought it was the sacred rock a kind of temple in the sea She scatters the flowers and prostrates to the rock This is a special time for Lila before she is caught up with her daily routine There is a contrast between the cold whispering waves and the sun rays warmth showing the diverse effects of nature The village being a fishing hamlet had its fleet of fishing vessels in the horizon of the ocean that would not return to till sundown The other women in the village would pray for the safety of the fishermen at sea while others would say a greeting to God They all felt that it was a good way to start the day They also had
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