Orange occasionally uses personification as a literary device to depict the emotional experiences of his characters. For example, when Dene's uncle dies, and Dene takes refuge in a tunnel near his mother's house, he describes how the “Wind howled in the tunnel. At him. It seemed to breathe. It was a mouth and a throat” (43)—personifying a natural element, the wind, into a living creature that breathes alongside Dene.