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The Colonel

The Colonel

  

by Carolyn Forché

The Colonel Power Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Sentence)

Quote #1

[…] a pistol on the cushion beside him. (5)

No warlord's outfit would be complete without the essential accessory: a pistol. The colonel is ready to shoot and kill at the drop of a hat. The image of the gun on the pillow shows how he may be gracious, but he's packing a fatal force behind it all.

Quote #2

The moon swung bare on its black cord over the house. (6)

Don't forget: they have the power, and you don't. An image of violent interrogation, of torture, stands above the house to suggest the kinds of work this man does.

Quote #3

[…] a gold bell was on the table for calling the maid. (11)

If the colonel says jump, the answer should be, "How high?" The colonel and his family have a servant at their beck and call. Notice the bell is gold to indicate the power of wealth to dominate others.

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