Chapter 15: “Is There Anything That Repeats?”

“It’s not enough to locate a series of dots. You actually have to connect them. Let’s say you are reading a personal narrative essay on a childhood incident that an author remembered, and in this text the author refers to how things smell four times. Any decent college reader will notice the plurality of olfactory images. But a good reader analyzes what function they serve. What is the author trying to say about fragrance, odor, memory?”