Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner Imagery

Arthur's Seat

The scene on top of Arthur's Seat which George describes so thoroughly, is a remarkable example of imagery: the thick haze with sunbeams coursing through it, the glorious mountaintop, then the horrid spectral face of Robert looming large in the mist. It is an image that sticks with George and the readers.

Robert's Corpse

The mummified corpse at the end of the novel, with its strange bonnet, layer of dung on the shoes, and well-preserved clothes is a striking bit of imagery that poses Robert as somewhere between life and death (the Editor wonders how he could be so well-preserved).

George's Death

The scene of George's death as told from Robert's perspective is a model of suspense. The imagery of George and Gil-Martin sparring, and then Robert's dealing of the death blow, is a vivid and violent moment.

The Interaction Between Robert, Gil-Martin, Mrs. Keeler, and Lawyer Linkum

The scene with a flummoxed Robert, a gleeful Gil-Martin, a distressed Mrs. Keeler, and a gaudy Lawyer Linkum, is a marvelously drawn tableau of varying emotions, and it is easy to imagine these four characters interacting with each other.