'Ominous dark cloud' - foreshadowing something threatening or harmful and using pathetic fallacy too which creates a dark mood and implies that bad times are on the way.
'ready to start' implies that the camp is aware that there is something potentially dangerous ahead and is thus prepared.
'second leg' is a metaphor emphasising the knowledge that there is further for the characters to go and also that the next part is to be more difficult; tying in with the dark mood created by the techniques previously mentioned.
'The Jeeps stood' - personification which gives off the impression that the Jeeps are alive and as they are then said to be 'imposing', it seems as though they are giving off an air of importance due to perhaps their size or appearance. They appear to 'stand tall'.
Is this at all an important point at this part of the story?
'Off to the side' could perhaps mean this in a metaphorical sense as later on in the story - in Team - he states
'ten men, all with families, all with names even if I couldn’t bring myself to read them.'
Thus, the fact that the Jeeps were said to be away from the team, rather than in front or right by them, implies that the reason the men are there is also away from them or at least away from their minds; whatever dark thing happens to be coming up is being pushed 'to the side' of their minds for the time being; as with the Jeeps.
'mud and dirt of the forest' does not only set the scene but suggests the site is unpleasant and perhaps hints at some feelings of distaste - are (the presently unnamed characters) against being there; against what they're doing?
Exactly what I have written next -
'we did not want to be spotted.' Why?! Intriguing statement!
The concept of 'camouflage' hints at some sort of army background however this does not entirely explain the want to be discrete - at all.
On the other hand, the 'camouflage' gives off the impression that they are trained and thus, their discretion proves they are on a mission of some kind.
Alliteration can be found in 'a brisk breeze' whereby the attention is drawn more intensely by the technique towards the type of weather effecting the area. The fact that it is breezy is an example of pathetic fallacy which leads into the 'promise of a storm' proving something seemingly 'bad' is definitely going to happen at some point presumably soon.
Again, exactly what I wrote-
'Safe havens' - Safety is a necessity? Are they in danger? Provoking more questions!!'
'anxious for us to go' - although this is said about the trees and how they are 'feeling' (which is also personification because.. trees don't feel) it is written by one of the characters and therefore anything said is said from what s/he thinks about it.
Does this mean that this character is anxious for them to go? Is there something about this place which makes them want to leave or are they just anxious to leave, move on and continue with their journey towards certain danger? And if it is because they are wanting to continue, why?
Or could 'anxious' be a pun at this point? On one side of 'anxious', the trees are eager for and cannot wait for the men to leave their presence and on the other side the men are fearful and uneasy about continuing their journey.
Extremely thought provoking.
'like a bloodhound' - I wrote that this is 'the perfect simile' :D
Firstly, the word 'bloodhound' relates to violence in the way in which this type of animal behaves and acts towards people and other things and the use of the word 'blood' within this chosen animal is potentially foreshadowing blood shed which is to come in future chapter. It also takes from this characters personality by linking something to dogs which we soon find out (in 'my black labrador') is an interest or at least a like of this character's.
'waiting arms', 'waiting Jeeps' and previously 'waiting for...'
The repetition of 'waiting' provokes yet more questions in the reader's mind by fully emphasising the idea.
Why are they waiting? What are they waiting for? How long will they be waiting? etc.
The use of first person helps the reader be more drawn into the story in the sense that it is caused to become more personal and the reader is able to 'become' the character.
'Old oak' - The alliteration doesn't really do very much here... I just like alliteration...
'Discernible' is an example of fairly sophisticated language which gives the writing texture.
Repetition of the idea of discretion adds emphasis to it implying that it is of high importance that their existence is not acknowledged by anyone but themselves and again provokes questions of 'why can't people know' and 'why are they there?' in
'we could not let anyone know we had been here at all.'
'like a rug' is a simile used to aid the imagery which is another way by which the author helps the reader gain interest as they are drawn in.
Personification is used when speaking of the book 'resting peacefully'.
In one sense, this could be simply saying that a book is at home in his lap and that it is certainly not uncommon to find him with a book which is emphasised by the phrase 'of course' or it could be slightly deeper and be implying that books are what he is close to and thus he has few people close to him in his life. Books are almost like his friends?
'The motors purred' metaphor and 'sound imagery' is perfect.
This contrasts with the violent and anxious theme.
This could be due to the fact that they are leaving and therefore this place of dark anxiety will be going out of their mind.
It could also be because this character feels safe and at home on the Jeeps. Perhaps the sound of the engine is a well-known and maybe even comforting sound to him.
It could also simply be the quiet before the storm.
The purring has a link to animals once again which is therefore tying into the characters personality again.
Simply looking at the words, it can be seen that the first letters of each word are capitalised which instantly gives them an aura of respect and importance. Then there is the fact that there are only two words causing it to be short, snappy and more effective. And to add to that, only a short while before this, the author says that the supply squad they are after is 'ten man