Chapter V

“They shot the six cabinet ministers at half-past six in the morning against the wall of a hospital. There were pools of water in the courtyard. There were wet dead leaves on the paving of the courtyard. It rained hard.”

Hemingway, Ernest. “Chapter V.” In Our Time. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2003. 51. Print.


The repetition of “courtyard” is jarring, which makes the reader  pause and draws them into the scene before the main event transpires.