For example; the "the brunette said" instead of "Susan said" or "The young man asked" rather than "Jason asked".

  • It's not much more than the very common practice of using descriptors in an identifier role. 'Do you see those books? Could you pass me the large red one / 'The Lord of the Rings'? – Edwin Ashworth Sep 22 '17 at 16:57

This is an epithet

an adjective added to a person's name or a phrase used instead of it, usually to criticize or praise them:

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  • "Young man" doesn't sound like much of an epithet, though. – Lawrence Sep 23 '17 at 8:18

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