Descriptions of Characters

Here are some of my favourite character descriptions. 

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (page 13):
"She saw him fully, and marvelled at the contrast he made with the plump butler, the stooped and languid Scholars. Lord Asriel was a tall man with powerful shoulders, a fierce dark face, and eyes that seemed to flash and glitter with savage laughter. It was a face to be dominated by, or to fight: never a face to patronize or pity. All his movements were large and perfectly balanced, like those of a wild animal, and when he appeared in a room like this, he seemed a wild animal held in a cage too small for it."

I love the way that he is contrasted to the butler and Scholars and the use of similes.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (page 13):
"He was not conspicuously tall, his features were striking but not conspicuously handsome. His hair was wiry and gingerish and brushed backward from the temples. His skin seemed to be pulled backward from the nose. There was something very slightly odd about him, but it was difficult to say what it was. Perhaps it was that his eyes didn't seem to blink often enough and when you talked to him for any length of time your eyes began involuntarily to water on his behalf. Perhaps it was that he smiled slightly too broadly and gave people the unnerving impression that he was about to go for their neck."

I like the deliberate double use of "conspicuously" and fact that the author involves the reader by suggesting that he will "go for their neck."

Post a comment with your favourite, don't forget to say where it is from and why you like it.

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Comment 1 Comment by Molly C on 30 Jan 12 at 7:49pm | Quote this comment
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (page 21 2 paragraph)
Harry was frying eggs by the time Dudley arrived in the kitchen with his mother. Dudley looked a lot like Uncle Vernon. He had a large,pink face, not much neck, small,watery blue eyes and thick, blond hair that lay smoothly on his thick, fat head. Aunt Petunia often said that Dudley looked like a baby angel - Harry often said that he looked like a pig in a wig.
Comment 2 Comment by Mr Brooks on 01 Feb 12 at 1:32pm | Quote this comment
Why do you like this description, Molly?
Comment 3 Comment by Molly C on 05 Feb 12 at 2:49pm | Quote this comment
I like it because its quit humorous and its very interesting!

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