In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" the events are told in chronological order, but on page 13, Tom and the reader are shocked to discover that only eight minutes have passed. How does Finney make time move slowly?

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Have you ever had a heart-racing moment of excitement when you're so hyper-aware that time seems to slow down? This is the phenomenon that Jack Finney is trying to reflect in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket." One of the reasons this story is often anthologized is because of its sequential nature (if you're a fast reader, it's almost like you're experiencing the events with Tom Benecke, the protagonist, in real time).

There are several stylistic features that Finney uses in his writing to make time crawl. One is an extreme level of specific detail. For example, when Tom's papers initially fly out the window, Finney writes,

"Turning, [Tom] saw a sheet of white paper drifting to the floor in a series of arcs, and another sheet, yellow, moving toward the window, caught in the dying current flowing through the narrow opening. As he watched, the paper...

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