Imagery in Martian Chronicles

Sight: "The Blue Mountains lifted into the rain and the rain fell down into the long canals and old Lafarge and his wife came out of their hose to watch"  pg.119

Sound: "The rockets came like drums, beating in the night."  pg.78

Smell: "All about. like air moving current, a mountain river, came the new air, the oxygen blowing from the green trees.  You could see it shimmer high in crystal billows.  Oxygen, fresh, pure greed, cold oxygen....people would run out through a new miracle of oxygen, sniffing, gusting in lungfuls of it...lungs revivified , hearts leaping, and worn bodies lifted into a dance." pg.78

Touch: "But most of all the trees would distill an icy air for the lungs, and gentle rustling for the ear when you lay nights in your snowy bed and were gentle to sleep by the sound" pg.74

Sight: "The stars were white and sharp beyond the flesh of the Martians...sewn into his flesh like scintillas swallowed into thin phosphorescent membrane  of gelatinous sea fish.  You could see stars flickering like violet eyes..." pg.82

Sound: It was a machine like a jade-green insect, a praying mantis delicately rushing through the cold air, indistinct, countless green diamonds winking over its body...its six legs fell upon the ancient highway with the sounds of a sparse rain..." pg.81

Smell: "They carried odorous paper bags into which from time to time upon the long walk they would insert their noses to inhale the rich smell of the ham and mayonnaise pickles" pg.88

Touch: "Their hand met-and like mist-fell through each other" pg.82

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2 years ago

I really liked the first and the fourth