Imagery is description that uses the five senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. In "The Demon Lover," Bowen uses visual images as the story opens to offer the reader a clear view of the scene entering the house:
[A] cat wove itself in and out of railings . . . Shifting some parcels under her arm, she slowly forced round her latchkey in an unwilling lock, then gave the door, which had warped, a push with her knee.
We can see a cat, a creature often associated with the supernatural, and the woman carrying packages as she forces open the door with her knee.
Bowen highlights another visual image by placing it in its own paragraph:
A shaft of refracted daylight now lay across the hall. She stopped dead and stared at the hall table—on this lay a letter addressed to her.
We see in our mind's eye the ray of sunshine falling on the hall table and lighting up the letter—an odd thing to find if nobody has been in the house for a long time.
Sound imagery is used in the following, which...
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