At the beginning of the text, Smith opens with a complex sentence which gives much detail about the setting. This allows the reader to become immediately immersed within the scene as the sensory description encapsulates the mystical atmosphere and causes the reader to feel intrigued yet anxious. Smith uses words such as "fragile" and "lurking" to further the ideas of being on edge; the reader is unaware how the passage will develop. Furthermore, the word "lurking" suggests an unwanted presence within the scene that the reader and narrator is possibly not aware of yet. This heightens the sense of mystery and suspense that the opening of the passage foregrounded.
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