Still, they do serve to complete the portraiture of the hero's character.
The most vivid portraiture of Sheol is to be found in the exilian passage Isa.
He had mastered his manner and, as one may say, learned his trade, in the exercise of criticism and the reflective parts of literature, before he surrendered himself to that powerful creative impulse which had long been tempting him, so that when, in mature life, he essayed the portraiture of invented character he came to it unhampered by any imperfection of language.
We may not always agree with his portraiture, but the men and women whom he saw exist for us instinct with the life with which he endows them and animated by the motives which he attributes to them.
The portraiture is strong and clear-cut (Plate IV.