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"spools of suffering"
Sibilance imitates the sound of the solution splashing.
"set out in ordered rows"
Military connotations show his experiences have left an impression.
"as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a mass."
Metaphor suggests his work is similar to conducting a funeral.
"All flesh is grass."
Biblical expression refers to the fragility of life.
"He has a job to do."
Justifying his job/role.
"beneath his hands, which did not tremble then though seem to now."
He couldn't afford to have trembling hands at the time but is now haunted by the memories.
"ordinary pain which simple weather can dispel"
The narrator is frustrated that people complain about these insignificant issues when he has seen real trauma.
"a half-formed ghost."
"to do what someone must"
He must take the responsibility to raise awareness.
"A hundred agonies in black-and-white from which his editor will pick out five or six"
No one else will see all the pain and suffering. The other stories will be forgotten.
"with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers."
These images have no real impact or effect.
"and they do not care."
Bleak language represents his frustration at people's ignorance.