Posted: 02 January 2011 at 4:33pm | IP Logged
The author describes his dislike to flying in such a way that the readers may visualize the experience of flying. The language used by him is engaging, satirical, amusing and provides punch. He calls an airship as a 'silver tube' and, instead of simply talking about flying in an airship, he refers to 'hurtling through the air encased in a silver tube'. There is precision in his description, as is evidenced by various values he gives for various quantities, such as 30,000 feet for height, 18 hours for the period of stopover, 55 minutes for the duration of sleep, and 15 for the number of boy scouts. He makes the essay amusing by providing pun on words and by making certain descriptions humurous. There is pun on the word 'courtesy' when he makes a satire by saying 'so much for courtesy' while explaining how the courtesy bus had shoved off before he could get to it. In a humorous manner he refers to 'baboon with a face like a dog's backside' as a possible way of recognizing the driver.
It is a normal practice to use the phrase 'a foregin man of unknown origin who nevertheless spoke fluent Enlgish'. Instead the author uses the words 'a foregin man of indeterminate origin who nevertheless spoke fluent anger'. This is an uncommon but quite effective way of explaining that the person on the other side of the phone call was angry.
His clarification that he is not talking about the captain when he mentions 'normal-looking individual suddenly reveals himself to be a raving lunatic' makes his dislike to flying quite apparent and amusing as it suggests as if the captain of an airship may suddenly transform into a raving lunatic. The readers may find themselves smiling when they read that the author wanted to see banknotes to calm down during flight.
The last part of the description is the most amusing when, instead of talking about the dangerous consequences of a possible accident, the author wonders if his last thoughts just before accident would be about food.
Edited by akhl - 02 January 2011 at 4:55pm