Mention the majestic qualities of the snake in the poem "Hunting Snakes" by Judith Wright.

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Judith Wright's narrator in "Hunting Snake" offers readers very specific qualities which define the snake as majestic. Line four offers the first majestic quality of the snake: "the great black snake." Here, the speaker defines the snake as great. In line seven, the speaker reveals the "diamond scale" of the snake. The snake's possession of the diamonds proves his majestic nature. 

The eighth line offers a double meaning, if looking at the majestic nature of the snake. While "we lost breath to see him pass" could mean that the snake frightened the couple enough to make them stop breathing in fear, this could also refer to the fact that the snake's presence was enough to make the couple gasp for breath as if they were in awe. 

Line thirteen offers the final descriptive word illustrating the snake's majestic nature. The snake is described as "splendid." Again, this word speaks directly to the magnificent nature of the snake. 

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