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The Woman in Black | Structure

mandy_lloyd | Monday December 03, 2012


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The story has a conventional structure and is arranged by the use of chapters. The main storyline involving Kipps in the town of Crythin Gifford is set between 1900 and 1914 ( Chapter 2 - Chapter 11). Although the chapters are not numbered in the text you may find it helpful to remember them as follows.

Chapter 1: Christmas Eve (Christmas Eve sometime in the 1930s).

Chapter 2: A London Particular (Sometime between 1900 and 1914).

Chapter 3: The Journey North (Monday).

Chapter 4: The Funeral of Mrs Drablow (Tuesday).

Chapter 5: Across The Causeway (Tuesday afternoon).

Chapter 6: The Sound of a Pony and Trap (Tuesday evening and 2am Wednesday morning).

Chapter 7: Mr Jerome is Afraid (Wednesday morning).

Chapter 8: Spider (Wednesday evening).

Chapter 9: In The Nursery (Thursday).

Chapter 10: Whistle And I’ll Come To You (the title of this chapter is adapted from the title of a very famous ghost story and a favourite of Hill’s. It was written in 1910 by M.R. James and is called Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad).  (Thursday and the early hours of Friday morning).

Chapter 11: A Packet of Letters (Friday, then there is a flashback to sometime in the 1850s; on the Friday of his truip to Cythin Gifford, Kipps collapses and is ill for approximately 12 days. Twelve days later, Kipps returns to London; six weeks later he marries his fiancée, Stella).

Chapter 12: The Woman in Black (A year later, sometime between 1900 and 1914 tragedy strikes. 14 years later the family gather at Monk’s Piece for Christmas and New Year sometime in the 1930s).

The structure and the organizational aspects of the book include the construction of a sequence of events that creates an absorbing, suspenseful and tense plot. The ‘plot’ of a story is the...

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