“The snake, which was now less than three yards from me, lifted a quarter of its body, with a gentle flourish reared its head, fixed its round eyes on me and listened to the music without making the slightest movement. It might have been a carven snake in black stone, so still it was.”
R.K. Narayan. Malgudi Days (New York: Penguin Books, 2006). pg 77
The vivid descriptions of the snake bring it to life. The narrator is clearly terrified of this poisonous creature, but at the same time he is enraptured by its appearance and its response to his music. Narayan manages to capture both the danger of the animal and the beauty of it at the same time.