A Storytelling Conundrum

I have created a setting that is rather bleak, but the people in that setting don’t really know that. How do I communicate that the walls are unadorned, if no one in the room has ever seen an adornment on a wall? They’re just… walls.

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  1. Obviously, you don’t. Not any more than you’d describe daylight to a race of subterranean dwellers. And as I recall there was a famous sci-fi story based on that concept, whose title and author escape me at the moment. It might be more productive to think of how you’d describe the color ‘red’ to someone blind from birth. Examples abound.

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