Room #1

In this exercise we read a passage from Oliver Twist where Dickens described the room of someone who we had not yet met in the story. The room gave us plenty of clues as to what type of person owned that room. Similarly our task was to introduce a character by describing their room in a paragraph. Clearly, I’m no Dickens but what type of person does this room belong to?

From the doorway there were two things that immediately caught your eye. The first was that the room was absolutely creaking with envelopes. Envelopes of every colour, shape and size threatened to collapse inwardly from all three sides of the room, licking your cheeks as you entered. To the right, tatty envelopes wedged under heavy books bowed off the edges of shelves like the planks from pirate ships. On others, they were squeezed between the hard spines of academic titles, between spider plants and cacti and under piles of semi-labelled ring binders. On the small windowsill opposite the door, they rested their heads on unwashed coffee mugs and ink blots and lists tattooed those scattered around the dark wooden desk. There, neatly placed in front of a computer keyboard, was the second thing, an immaculate red leatherbound book with the word diary embossed in gold.


That was it. The underlined parts were phrases I wanted to change but never did. In my book there were also notes to describe envelopes inside envelopes, air mail stamps, in-out trays, a hand-written address and the state of the bin. Any feedback gratefully accepted.


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