Hempel's narrator toys with expectations about what information can be taken as given.
Details ground the character in the moment with lots of sounds—branches snapping, monkeys’ greeet greeet greeets, and other onomatopoeias.
Hempel takes full advantage of the many hidden expectations and functions of linking verb constructions, which can be deceptively complex.
In this excerpt, Chopin plays with balance in various ways, to reflect the protagonist’s mental imbalance.
"The nearest neighbor is from the South, and how he knows if he likes you is he puts on Hank Williams and do you know who that is singing?"
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