Cane: Bona and Paul

“Don’t I, Paul? Her eyes ask.
Her answer is a crash of jazz from the pal-hidden orchestra. Crimson Gardens is a body whose blood flows to a clot upon the dance floor. Art and Helen clot. Soon, Bona and Paul. Paul finds her a little stiff, and his mind, wandering to Helen (silly little kid who wants every highball spoon her hands touch, for a souvenir), supple, perfect little dancer, wishes for the next dance when he and Art will exchange” (Toomer, 105).

Toomer, Jean. Cane. 1923. New York: Liveright,
2011. isbn: 9780871402103.

The diction in, Bona and Paul, seen in this passage, illustrates the way in which Toomer, paints a very impressionistic portrait of such a poetic scene. The diction grants the reader a deeper look into how Toomer’s rigid language in this tale, poetically enhances the story, contorting it with rough angles or in this sense, sentences.

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