Hill presents Edmund Hooper as a violent imposing figure, who shows no sympathy?
Hill presents the character Edmund Hooper as a unsympathetic character. Hill's uses the technique of 'unmitigated language' to present Edmund as unsympathetic character; "You were only tenants then", Edmund makes no effort to make his sentence any politer. The word "only" is chosen by Hill to try and 'degrade' Kingshaw's ' status and to portray him, inferior to Edmund. Hill continues to show that Edmund is an unsympathetic character; "When did he die?". The death of Kingshaw's father is a personnel matter, and the 'usual' person is likely to feel sympathetic towards Kingshaw. Hill purposefully gives the question asked by Edmund no expression, the reader has no idea how Edmund states the question. By not including any expression, the reader is given the impression that Edmund is ignorant to the death of Kingshaw's father, he is instead focused on being an imposing figure.