“But if I sink in death, send Hygelac 452and
“the wonderful armour worn over my breast,
“the best of hauberks that Hrethel left me,
“An aid against foes, my armoured shirt 550The modern reader might wonder why so much attention goes to an item of protective clothing, but the listeners apparently never tired of hearing such details. Perhaps we can understand them by describing other items that are of narrow but deep interest to particular groups. For example, passages like this would interest one segment of society:
“strong and hand-linked, helped me withstand,
“safeguarding my breast, my braided sark
“adorned with gold."
His vehicle waited, a V-8 turboIf you are aware that Camaros did not have 6000 cc V-8 engines, you are a perfect audience for this type of description. Other people would pay attention to
with twin overhead cams that came from his father
an avid collector. The Camaro was painted
in metallic red. A racing stripe
adorned its length and leather seats,
factory-fresh, in front and back.
An over six-thousand cc engine
carefully tuned by qualified techs
zoomed in three seconds from zero to sixty.
A chinois Chanel shaped to perfection...or
A Mac computer from Cupertino...