― Patrick Rothfuss,
I recently dove into the book Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. There are many aspects of the book that I enjoy, but my favorite characteristic is the way Mark Twain paints a scene with words. When I read, I find it incredibly challenging to withdraw my focus from the book and am constantly finding myself calm and relaxed with my perfect picture of the scene in my mind. In chapter seven, Tom, the main character, begins to fancy a girl named Becky. As the chapter progresses, Tom begins to talk to Becky and, within no time, they are in love. Just as the chapter reaches a high point, it begins to unravel and Becky becomes aware that she is not Tom’s first love. You get a sense of how Tom and Becky are feeling through Twain’s use of dialogue and descriptiveness.
“ ‘Becky, I-I don’t care for anybody but you.’ ”
“No reply-but sobs.”
“ ‘Becky’ ”-pleadingly.”
“ ‘Becky, won’t you say something?’ ”
“She ran to the door; he was not in sight; she flew around to the play-yard; he was not there. Then she called: “Tom! Come back, Tom!”
When I read these quotes the drama was clear and powerful in my mind, and I felt as if I was in a cinema watching a movie. I love that as I read this book, I am never distracted and I always want to keep reading.