In the opening of his 1951 short story, Bradbury makes the unusual choices of using several infinitive verb phrases ("to enter . . . to put . . . to step") and second person point-of-view ("you, your") to begin the characterization of Mr. Leonard Mead, though he does then switch to third-person ("he").
In the story's first paragraph, second sentence, Bradbury writes a lengthy, complex sentence of seventy-one words to build the momentum of Leonard Mead's walks.
Bradbury employs an extended metaphor in describing the cold air in Mead's lungs "like a Christmas tree" with the lights going on and off and the branches filled with snow, and a simile in describing Mead's "shadow moving like the shadow of a hawk in midcountry."
Bradbury personifies the illumination from a police car as "a fierce white cone of light" and there is a bit of ironic humor that follows when the robotic policeman's voice asks Leonard Mead's profession and then dismisses it as "no profession" when he identifies himself as a writer.
The story is developed with the unusual technique of rhetorical questions to communicate Leonard Mead's thoughts since for most of the story, he doesn't converse. As he passes the lighted houses, he asks "time for a dozen assorted murders? A quiz? A revue? A comedian falling off the stage? Was that a murmur of laughter from within a moon-white house?" though there is no one to answer.