Authors use diction to express the mood of the writing and how they feel about it. In The Secret Sharer and Other Stories the author, Joseph Conrad, uses diction to express an informed and descriptive feel.
The use of formal language forms a trust in the author because of the intelligent mood it sets. Words such as opaque, elongated, and phosphorescent are definitely not used conversationally and give this excerpt a more official feel. The more formal words drew my attention to the importance of the setting separating it from the action of the piece.
Much description was used to get across the mood of the piece. In the