The author used many figures of speech which include following:

1. HYPERBOLE:
There is use of exaggeration or overstatement by the writer. The use was to show the extent and to lay emphasis on the course of action. He puts it:
“he was known all over the village, both the born nd the unborn”. It is an over statement to say that even the “unborn” knows a living creature.

“those were the days opportunities were even found in gutters”. A reasonable being should think the possibility of an opportunity emerging from the gutters. It is an overstatement.

2. PERSONIFICATION:
The author gave animate attribute to inanimate. Some of the instances are:
“lost monies grew wings whenever they saw him”. If critically examined, there is no way money could fly.
“fate was really after Eucheria”. ‘Fate’ was given animate quality.

3. CONTRAST:
The character of Matthew is a contrast to that of Eucheria. As Eucheria has a forgiving heart, Matthew has an unforgiving heart.
Also, as Matthew has a lurking bad luck, Eucheria has good luck in the stock.

Other figures of speech are:
1. Irony
2. metaphor
3. apostrophe
4. synecdoche
5. simile, etc