The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square Imagery

Times Square

The very first time Chester sees Times Square, when Harry and Tucker take him outside the subway station, Selden describes Times Square with vivid imagery that accurately relays the awe and surprise Chester is feeling as he looks at it. Lines like "Above the cricket, towers that seemed like mountains of light rose up into the night sky" contrast New York City with the home Chester knew back in Connecticut (Chapter 4, pg. 29).

Sai Fong's Store

Some of the most detailed passages of imagery happen when a character is seeing something new for the first time, and this is true of when Mario ventures into Sai Fong's shop in Chinatown. He takes in all his surroundings, and lines like "Everything from silk robes to chopsticks to packages of hand laundry littered the shelves and chairs" (Chapter 6, pg. 41) allow readers to feel as if they are walking into the shop, too.

The Fire

The imagery used to describe the fire that Tucker accidentally sets in the newsstand emphasizes the shock and fear that the animals feel as they try to escape it. Selden describes the moment the fire starts with the line "the spurt of flames it sent up lit the frayed edge of the papers and quickly spread over the whole bundle" (Chapter 10, pg. 83).

Stealing the Silver Bell

Selden describes the attempted thievery of the silver bell right down to the fingers of the thief reaching into the cage, creating a chilling moment that makes it clear how threatened and unhappy Chester feels. "Chester was leaning up against the matchbox when suddenly two fingers began to work their way through the bars of the cage toward the little silver bell" (Chapter 13, pg. 113).