Choice of words
The novel’s language is generally very descriptive, making extensive uses of adjectives and adverbs to convey detailed descriptions of events and people. For example, every time a major character is introduced a lot of attention is given to both their physical appearance and their manner of being:
...he was a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appear...