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Written by Anastasia Melnyk
The image of weather always shows the atmosphere readers can notice during the reading. In this story we can observe that “the weather is terrible; the wind blows with great violence; the sleety snow fallі in large flakes; the lamps emit a feeble light, the streets are deserted”. Under these terrible conditions you are unwell. But men continue to play cards and have a good time, despite the weather.
The appearance of main characters has the significant role, because readers always can reveal some facts about the personage. “Painted and dressed in old-fashioned style like a deformed, but indispensable ornament of the ball-room” old countess always receives guests. And her style proves that she doesn’t look after herself and she is insensible to her outward. But it doesn’t mean that she has a bad heart.
Two painted portraits
When Herman visits countess’s house, two pictures from Paris attract his attention. One of these represented “a stout, red-faced man of about forty years of age in a bright-green uniform and with a star upon his breast; the other-a beautiful young woman, with an aquiline nose, forehead curls and a rose in her powdered hair”. These works of art decorate the room and add some comfortableness and coziness.
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