Uglies (The Uglies)

Uglies (The Uglies) Imagery

"Snakes of burning torches marked flickering pathways" (Kinesthetic Imagery)

As Tally looks across the water to New Pretty Town, she notes that "snakes of burning torches marked flickering pathways through the pleasure gardens." In this example of kinesthetic imagery, the torches are compared to snakes to indicate their placement, and the quality of light they produce is described as flickering. The scene is alight with movement, both of the light's intensity and the squiggly design it makes in the garden.

"The fireworks all shimmering hues of blue, climbing so high that they exploded in silence" (Kinesthetic and Auditory Imagery)

In this example of kinesthetic and auditory imagery, the fireworks of New Pretty Town seem to move with color, and their sudden explosion is contrasted with the silence of the night. The sound one might expect from an explosion is quieted by distance.

"The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit" (Visual Imagery)

Uglies opens with a visual image describing the color of the sky as cat vomit. The sunset, commonly characterized as a thing of beauty, is disgusting to Tally, an indication of her psychological distress.

"A tearing noise filled the air, the crackle of dry brush inflamed, and the smell of smoke swept over Tally" (Auditory and Olfactory Imagery)

Tally is awakened by the sounds and smells of a vast fire destroying the picturesque landscape. The combination of noise and smell is characterized as overwhelming to Tally's senses; she is consumed by the immediacy and dynamism of the fire.