Could someone explain the reason why the definite article is omitted in the first example?
The task was clear: pump a healthy dose of emotional appeal into the shriveled-up fruit. Link up sensations that people wanted. "Shriveled" and "dried" are not the sensations that most people associate with feeling good about their lives.
The author is referring to specific sensations in both cases, not just in the last one, so it should be definite too. Thanks!