I,Washington Irving, used specific word choice in my book, “Rip Van Winkle”. For example, “he wore a laced doublet, broad belt and hanger, high-crowned hat and feather, red stockings and high-heeled shoes, with roses in them"(275). Instead of just saying that the person wore fancy clothes, I used elaborate and descriptive words. This is very important to the passage because it helps with the overall understanding.
Another example is, "He looked around for his gun, but in place of the clean, well-oiled fowling piece, he found an old firelock lying by him, the barrel incrusted with rust the lock falling off,"(276). This is important because the author is showing how time has changed, which is a key point in the story. Clearly, the word choice helps the plot in the story.
Does everyone get that, class?
Furthermore, "and stared at him with such a fixed, statuelike gaze, and such strange, lackluster countenances"(276).This makes the reader more interested in the book because of the words that they do not know or understand.
Oh! He was trying to get me more interested, just like in books!
Where did he go?
Also, "and if this frolic should lay me up with a fit of the rheumatism"(277). The chances of you knowing every word in the passage is very slim, but that is what makes the story more fun. Words that we are not used to hearing makes the reader more engaged in the story.