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Can you please check if my rephrasing is correct? Thank you.
1)Coketown was made of red brick (not bricks). It was full of machinery and tall chimneys, from which smoke coiled up like snakes (I rephrased " "out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever and never got uncoiled").
2) The action of the piston of the steam engine is compared to the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness. This simile, which will be used throughout the novel, emphasizes how Coketown has become like a jungle.
3)It contained several large streets that were all very much like one another, many small streets, a black canal, a purple river and vast piles of buildings.
4)There was a rattling and trembling all day long caused by the action of the piston of the steam-engine.
5) The opening sentence introduces a comparison between Mrs Gradgrind and Coketown.
6)Dickens suggests that Coketown shares similarities with Mrs Gradgrind, who, as her name indicates, is uncompassionate and callous. The description opens with “It was a town of red brick” which suggests that it was quite a modern town, as “red brick” was a popular construction material in Victorian times.
7)“The red brick” also conveys a colourful image of Coketown although Dickens continues to explain how pollution blackens the appearance of Coketown and impacts upon the health of its inhabitants.