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  1. Sep 2020
    1. rustling like palmetto fronds.

      Compares the rusting curtains to palmetto fronds or palm tree leaves.

    2. s song seems to die up in the leaves, a silvery dust.

      It is comparing the song to a silvery dust by saying it is a silvery dust.

    3. with a tiny body which was red and shriveled like an old man's.

      He's comparing Doodle to a old man

    4. grindstone stands where the bleeding tree stood, just outside the kitchen door, and now if an oriole sings in the elm, i

      Describes the elm tree by their house.

    5. graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house, speaking softy the names of our dead.I

      Flowers can't speak

    6. His skin was very sensitive, and he had to wear a big straw hat whenever he went out. W

      It's telling the readers directly that his skin is sensitive.

    7. He talked so much that we all quit listening to what he said. It was about this time that Daddy built him a go-cart and I had to pull him around. At first I just paraded him up and down the piazza,8 but then he started crying to be taken out into the yard, and it ended up by my having to lug him wherever I went.

      The text shows that Doodle is clingy and doesn't want to be left alone.

    8. collapse back onto the bed like an old worn-out doll.

      Comparing how Doodle would fall onto the bed how a dall would fall over.

    9. heir roots and tearing them out of the earth like a hawk at the entrails

      Comparing the Hurricane to a Hawk

    10. In May and June there was no rain and the crops withered, curled up, then died under the thirsty sun. One morning in July a hurricane came out of the east, tipping over the oaks in the yard and splitting the limbs of the elm trees. That afternoon it roared back out of the west, blew the fallen oaks around, snapping their roots and tearing them out of the earth like a hawk at the entrails18 of a chicken. Cotton bolls were wrenched from the stalks and lay like green walnuts in the valleys between the rows, while the cornfield leaned over uniformly so that the tassels touched the ground.

      Usually when crops die and storms come it is a bad sign.

    11. here the palmetto fronds whispered by the stream.

      Palmetto fronds can't whisper they are plants

    12. the saw-tooth fern, down into the green dimness where the palmetto fronds whispered by the stream. I lifted him out and set him down in the soft rubber grass beside a tall pine.

      This describes Old Woman Swamp.

    13. that moment the bird began to flutter, but the wings were uncoordinated, and amid much flapping and a spray of flying feathers, it tumbled down, bumping through the limbs of the bleeding tree and landing at our feet with a thud. Its long, graceful neck jerked twice into an S, then straightened out, and the bird was still. A white veil came over the eyes and the long white beak unhinged. Its legs were crossed and its clawlike feet were delicately curved at rest. Even death did not mar its grace, for it lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers, and we stood around it, awed by its exotic2

      Fore shadowing how Doodle dies