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1

"It was late September I'd just poured a glass of wine, begun to unwind, while the vegetables cooked.

-Autumn things fade and die
-Ordinary and everyday scene
-Enjambment , "to unwind" isolated has negative connotations, emotionally about to fall apart.

2

"The kitchen filled with the steam of itself"

-Setting of a kitchen, symbolic of a "good wife" in old fashioned way. does not deserve poor treatment

3

"like a brow"

-Highlights stress and anxiety

4

"He was standing under the pear tree snapping a twig"

-Word choice of snapping = childish

5

"Now the garden was long and the visibility poor"

-Conversational she is just an ordinary woman

6

""The dark of the ground seems to drink the light of the sky"

-Opposites = the complex nature of relationships

7

"but that twig in his hand was gold"

-Bizarre image

8

"-We grew Fondante d'Automne-"

-Parenthesis, extra info for comedic affect
-Gold = high quality
-Mrs Midas = likeable

9

"like a lightbulb"

-Lightbulb = bright idea but not thought through

10

"I thought to myself, is he putting fairy lights in the tree"

-Humorous tone = the ridiculous nature of Mr Midas' gift.

11

"The doorknobs gleamed"

-Word choice = influence of gold indoors

12

"He sat in that chair like a king on a burnished throne"

-Negative , he might think its great but it is actually the opposite

13

"The look on his face was strange, wild, vain"

-Highlights his craziness and selfishness

14

"He started to laugh"

-Selfishness

15

"I served up the meal"

-Old fashioned view of a wife, he is ungrateful

16

"he was spitting out teeth of the rich"

-Sarcasm, rich but unable to eat

17

"I poured with a shaking hand"

-She is afraid of him
-Shaking = terror

18

"a fragrant, bone-dry white from Italy, then watched as he picked up the glass, goblet, golden chalice, drank"

-Sarcastic/Humorous Tone
-Gentle Mockery of husband

19

"I started to scream"

-Shift in tone = horror

20

"He sank to his knees"

-Pathetic image

21

"I finished the wine on my own"

-Enjambment, highlights isolation which is the consequence of his wish

22

"I made him sit on the other side of the room and keep his hands to himself"

-Physical and metaphorical distance In the relationship

23

"I locked the cat in the cellar"

-Dark humour to highlight gold = death

24

";aurum, soft, untarnishable; slakes no thirst"

-List after semi-colon, all the uselessness of Gold

25

"You'll be able to give up smoking for good"

-Tragic line.
-Should be funny but its not, masks the fact that certain death awaits down the road

26

"Separate beds"

-Isolation

27

"Unwrapping each other"

-Love making no longer possible"

28

"can live with a heart of gold"

-Play on words = Death

29

"That night, I dreamt I bore his child"

-Tragic idea as physical contact no longer possible

30

"My dream milk burned in my breasts"

-Robbed of being a mother by his selfish actions