"They were silent, then they spoke slowly, and their words were halting, like the words of a child learning to speak for the first time." (pg. 143)
This is an example of a simile. This was used to help us further understand how the character was talking. Without the simile we would have a harder time to visualize in our minds the way the Golden One was talking. When you read this you can kind of read the following text in the way a baby would sound trying to talk for the first time. This allows you to immerse yourself completely in the books. Small details like this when joined together create a big impact on the writing of a book.
"The peaks were red and brown, with the green veins upon them, with blue mists as veils over their heads." (pg. 145)
This is an example of imagery. The description of the mountain range help us visualize what the characters in the book are seeing. This helps the reader visualize the settings of the story and they change of settings. If it just said peaks the reader would probably not pay too much attention to the change in settings. But the author made the setting much more pleasing and this allows the reader to become immersed in the book.
"The sun rays danced upon colors, colors, and more colors that we thought possible, we who had seen no houses save the white ones, the brown ones, and the grey". (pg. 149)
This is an example of personification because the author is personifying the sun rays. Dancing is a human action and the author decided to help the reader visualize and understand the scene better. In the scene they pulled back the curtains of the house they found and when the sunlight entered they saw lots of different colors reflecting from things inside. Instead of saying this directly the authored made it seem like the sun rays were dancing around the room lighting it up with all these different colors.
"They were not soft and rolled, they had hard shells of cloth and leather; and the letters on their pages were small and so even that we wondered at the men who had such handwriting". (pg. 151)
This is a symbol of some sort because it is a clue to as what time period this book was set too. This shows the reader that these humans are from the future. They found books that were made by printers and bound by leather. They are used to scrolls which is not very futuristic but yet they are at the remains of an old house. This shows that not only are the main characters from a future time they have customs of older times which suggests that something happened at one point in time that affected the outcome of future humans.