The Fever Tree

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“Tricia, in a pale yellow sundress with frills, had hung her arm outside the open window and the fair downy skin was glowing red.” (pg 124)

Throughout the story, Tricia is portrayed as a character who has a child-like personality. For example, she disregards the rules and regulations saying “Silly old rules!” (pg 124) and also left the mosquito stuff because it was too bulky.The colors yellow, red and green are used often to set the mood or depict a character’s trait.She “shattered” Ford’s illusion of Marguerite and belabored him with schoolgirl questions which she uttered in a bright and desperate voice.The author used the imagery of the yellow sundress with frills to represent her innocence and immaturity yet created her with glowing red arms to depict her aggressiveness. The author also used the color red to show the mood of intensity and suspense. I believe that Tricia can be perceived as innocent and soft yet she is also defiant and reckless.

“By the roadside grew a species of wild zinnia with tiny flowers, coral-red, and these made red drifts among the coarse, pale grass. (pg125) As I mentioned in the first the quote, the author uses the color red, green, and yellow throughout the story. In this quote, he uses the imagery of the tiny coral-red flowers of the zinnia and the coarse, pale grass. The contrast between these two things in nature is similar to the personalities of Ford and Tricia. While Ford is portrayed as the coarse pale grass, Tricia is the tiny coral red flowers.Although this quote can be used to depict the relationship of Ford and Tricia, it can also be used to set the mood. The author also uses contrast on (pg125)“In the few moments of dusk, pale things glimmer brightly and birds make a soft murmuring.”(pg.125) Peacefulness can be perceived as the tiny flowers drifted among the grass and pale things glimmered brightly during dusk.

“Men had always made her feel frightened, starting with her father when she was a child. It was then,...
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