Total Eclipse by Annie Dillard
Dillard was writing about an life experiences that took such a hold on her life that she jumped into the past and the future trying to satisfy her grieving time with memories. She was very descriptive because she wanted her readers, mainly the educated, to feel and understand her points of view.
Dillard's issues was with her life eclipse, how one day she knew it would happen but was not expecting it to happen so soon--the lost of Gary. She wrote,"Seeing it, and knowing it was coming straight for you, was like feeling a slug of anesthetic shoot up your arm". That sentence helps connect with her emotions, and her feelings during her eclipse moment on the hilltop as well.