When Lahr lands on his rump, his legs shoot up like a moving swing suddenly emptied of its child. Bolger does flailing, rubber-legged collapses and recoveries--he teases the ground, engaging it and then taking off from it. And Haley, in his rusting metal case, leans perilously, like a telephone pole in a storm.And when he captures Vivien Leigh's magnetic facial expressions in GWTW, he writes:
As the small mouth puckers, the lynx-eyed glance, with head slightly turned, appears to see around corners.Taut stuff, and a good reminder to edit and craft your prose with an emphasis on active verbs when you're capturing visual, moving scenes or situations.
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