Conrad appreciated Cooper's lengthy and descriptive sentences as not to forgo a scenic detail. "It would seem, that breathless suspense, while the quick evolutions and swift changes in the positions of the combatants, effectively prevented a fire, that might prove dangerous alike to friend and enemy." "But suddenly, as we struggled around the bend, there would be a glimpse of rush walls, of peaked grass-roofs, a burst of yells, a whirl of black limbs, a mass of hands clapping, of feet stamping, of bodies swaying, of eyes rolling, under the droop of heavy and motionless foliage." If the reader failed to study these two fine authors very closely, he might believe the same author wrote both of the preceding short quotations. The fluidity of Conrad and Cooper's writing can be attributed to each author's usage of diction and syntax, because the constant variation of word choice and order keeps the reader thinking ahead. If Conrad and Cooper's style fluctuates so rapidly, the reader ponders to himself, would the plot not plough along as well?
Cooper, like Conrad, utilized colors and shadings to not only give more artistic depth to the writing, but to suggest internal meanings. For example, just as Cooper described how a low basin "quickly melted into the darkness," Conrad copies the same technique except inserting the African wilderness in place of the American frontier. "[The map of Africa] had ceased to be... [continues]
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