“April, breathe!” the nurse cried, pounding April between the shoulder blades. “Breathe, dammit!” She had tried to give April mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but the airway was blocked – no air would go into April’s lungs. Turning April onto her back, she placed the palm of her right hand just below her diaphragm, placed her left hand on top of her right and pressed down. She repeated the maneuver three times. There was no response. The nurse quickly turned April onto her side again and repeated the blows between the shoulder blades, all the time commanding her to breathe, but April’s body was limp and her color was turning from purple to ashen”. [6, p.187]
The given extract is a bright example of convergence of styles. It represents a scene in which the author employs colloquial language typical of emotive prose with the elements of scientific prose style. The author’s discourse concentrates on the nurse’s actions and the state of April.
“It has nothing to do with the book; it has everything to do with the story.” I coined this phrase because I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard someone ask, “Have you read ‘so-and-so’s’ latest book?” And when you ask what the story is about, you get the same answer every time. “You’ll just have to read the book and find out.” Tell us, what is YOUR story – don’t tell us the title of your book. This will intrigue our audience, and we will end asking for the title. Be forewarned; I won’t tolerate filth, slander or attacking another author. We’re all Brothers and Sisters In Print. Let’s keep it civilized.