In this quotation, the narrator uses an analogy
, comparing Scrooge, a person, to the weather in order to explain his character more fully. Thus, Scrooge appears, as a result of this analogy, to be rather impervious and unyielding. The weather changes—temperatures go up and down, the wind may or may not blow, snow or rain might fall—but Scrooge does not. He is always cold, figuratively. Literal, physical coldness is equated with emotional coldness, and literal, physical warmth is equated with the presence of emotion. The blowing wind is bitter cold, yes, and this is physical, but Scrooge is bitter in a different way: he is emotionally cold and detached, feeling no warmth toward his fellow human beings, no compassion, and so on.
Further, notice the alliteration
, the repetition of the initial consonant sound, in the following words: warmth
, and wind
. The repeated "w" sound is rather soft, especially compared to the alliterative "b" in blew
and the alliterative...
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