1 Pearl Avenue runs past the high-school lot,
Personification: the author uses basketball verbs to describe the location of Flick’s working place. 2 Bends with the trolley tracks, and stops, cut off
Alliteration: t has a sharp sound that helps emphasize the following words. 3 Before it has a chance to go two blocks,
Metaphor: the setting of the garage portrays Flicks life( he never went any further from high-school. 4 At Colonel McComsky Plaza. Berth’s Garage
Contrast between the plaza and the garage. What could have been but isn’t so. 5 Is on the corner facing west, and there,
6 Most days, you'll find Flick Webb, who helps Berth out.
Characterization: he has no importance at his job, he helps the owner ( secondary job
Metaphor: He relates his job with his basketball years. This whole stanza is the analogy between his current job and his passion, basketball. Imagery: by describing with detail the situation, he appeals to the vision. It helps the reader see what is happening.
7 Flick stands tall among the idiot pumps—
He stands out, he is different. Probably he always did, even at high-school, he never felt part of something 8 Five on a side, the old bubble-head style,
9 Their rubber elbows hanging loose and low.
Personification: describes gas pumps as basketball players. Alliteration 10 One’s nostrils are two S’s, and his eyes
11 An E and O. And one is squat, without
Spells ESSO, a brand of gas. 12 A head at all—more of a football type.
Refers to the air or water dispenser, probably the referee in the analogy.
Flash-back to Flick’s golden years:
13 Once Flick played for the high-school team, the Wizards.
Contrast: between the “idiot pumps” and “the Wizards”; present and past. 14 He was good: in fact, the best. In ’46
Contradicts his current job where he is just a helper. 15 He bucketed three hundred ninety points,
16 A county record still. The ball loved Flick.
Personification: maybe the only...
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