By C. S. Forester
His Majesty's send Sutherland is an uneventful send of the road. yet in command is none except the heroic Captain Hornblower and, together with his group from the Lydia, appears set to tackle commando raids, hurricanes at sea and Napoleon's gun batteries.
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Extra resources for A Ship of the Line (Hornblower Saga, Book 7)
The second subsidiary process, covering verbs of ‘saying’, is called ‘verbal’. ‘Verbal’ clauses typically involve a Sayer and, in some cases, a Receiver ‘to whom the saying is directed’ and a Verbiage ‘that corresponds to what is said’ (p. 306). Finally, there are also processes called ‘existential’, which ‘represent that something exists or happens’ (p. 307) and are typically introduced by ‘There is/are’. The clauses from Purple Hibiscus that I wish to contrast here, ‘Papa broke your figurines’ and ‘your figurines broke’, both feature material processes.
A more constructive approach therefore consists in temporarily leaving issues of mimesis aside, and trying to determine if the formal features of a text, regardless of their supposed ‘authenticity’, lend themselves to literary interpretations of any kind. This principle will guide my analysis of Purple Hibiscus, which will start by evaluating whether an examination of some of the proverbs contained in the novel may contribute to shedding light on the book’s characters and the relationships between them.
220), as Father Amadi astutely observes. Kambili’s thoughts and feelings, and how they sometimes clash with her attitude towards others, are minutely rendered in her narrative account and follow consistent linguistic patterns. For example, formulas such as ‘I wanted’ (found in the passage above) or ‘I wished’, iterated by Kambili when evoking actions she would like to perform or wishes she had (not) carried out, are linguistic mannerisms used throughout the novel. Similarly, the teenager’s inability to speak or act is expressed through structures such as ‘my lips held stubbornly together’ (p.
A Ship of the Line (Hornblower Saga, Book 7) by C. S. Forester