Imagery in Indian Horse

“I read once that there are holes in the universe that swallow all light, all bodies. St. Jeromes took all the light from my world.” (Wagamese, 43). In this quote, Wagamese is showing how strongly Saul feels pain and woe while reflecting on his experiences at St. Jeromes Residential School. Saul is remembering a time in his life where all his happiness, which “light” symbolizes, was taken away as if a black hole was absorbing everything. The imagery paints a picture of a very miserable and menacing place that has no “light”. A place where Saul’s life, uncontrollably, took a bad turn, and now is being pulled in with no escape. You can also imagine Saul telling you this because Wagamese doesn’t compare St. Jeromes directly to a black hole. Instead, he writes “I read once that there are holes in the universe that swallow all light, all bodies.” This gives you the picture of Saul making his own imagery by connecting what he read in a book to his experience at the school.