instead, Alfonzo led them to a car with rows of wooden benches, like church pews facing each other, already crowded with peasants. Pg. 66 This means that the train car smelled really bad and was in very very poor conditions.
The wind blew hard and the house moaned and whistled. pg. 39 This means that the house was falling apart because of the fire and it was whistling because the wing is going through the house.
As they rounded a curve , it appeared as if the mountains pulled away from each other, like curtains opening on a stage. Pg. 94 This means that as they rounder the curve the mountains started to open up revealing the valley.