What are some examples of imagery and/or figurative language found in "The Bet," by Anton Chekov?

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First, let's make sure we have the same definitions working between us.

Imagery: words and phrases used that appeal to the readers sense of touch, taste, smell, and sight.

Figurative language: comparing one thing to something else that it usually isn't compared to.

OK...with those definitions in mind, let's take a look, shall we?


  1. "he struck the table with his fist and shouted at the young man" (kind of a weak image relating to sound, and kind of a nice visual image with the fist)
  2. "The sounds of the piano could be heard continually day and night from his lodge." (again, kind of a weak sound image)
  3. "trying to save his life by greedily clutching first at one spar and then at another." (greedily clutching appeals to touch)
  4.  "Cursed bet!" muttered the old man," (again, sound)
  5. "nothing could be heard outside but the rustling of the chilled trees" (sound)
  6. "A damp cutting wind was racing about the garden, howling and giving the trees no rest." (sound, visual, and touch)
  7. "Then he groped his way into a little...

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