In Daphne du Maurier's story, "The Birds," how do specific details add to the suspense?

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Perhaps in Daphne du Maurier's story, "The Birds," what she describes is more important than what her characters say, by way of adding to the story's overall suspense.

Dialogue is general a source of enormous amounts of information in a story, but Nat, our protagonist , is not very outgoing, so much of what we learn that occurs in the story comes from his simply observations, which may partly be due to his stint in the army—he is observant, seeing things that others don't notice, or that they discount, and he is more of a thinker than a...

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