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The Woman in Black | Top Ten Quotations

mandy_lloyd | Monday December 03, 2012

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1. Introduction 
2. Narrative Viewpoint
3. Structure
4. Social / Historical Context
5. Language
6. Top Ten Quotations
7. Exam Preparation
8. Using Quotations
9. Sample Exam Response

 

‘I had never been an imaginative or fanciful man and certainly not one given to visions of the future’ (p13).

Arthur is the main character and the narrator and the reader should be sympathetic to him and share his feelings. The effect and unwillingness of the discussion of ghost stories shows the reader he has been badly affected in the past.

‘a true story, a story of haunting and evil, fear and confusion, horror and tragedy’ (p19).

In chapter 1 the use of 3 adjectival phrases are used effectively by Hill to help build tension and excitement necessary for the plot – the reader is brought to want to hear Arthur’s true story. 

‘We tuck ourselves in with our backs to the wind, and carry on with our business’ (p42).

This quotation from chapter 3 explains that the people of this market town, Crythin Gifford, appear to be encased by a quite hostile and bleak environment and in a similar way to animals they try to protect themselves. The people obviously need to protect themselves but what from?

‘Indeed, even now in later life, though I have been happy and at peace in my home at Monk’s Piece, and with my dear wife Seem, as any man may hope to be, and even though I thank God every night that it is all over, all long past and will not, cannot come again…’ (p50).

This quotation demonstrates how Hill skilfully merges the past and the present to provide some indication about what may happen. The chronology of the text is punctuated by the narrator, the character of Arthur Kipps reflecting upon his feelings about the events at the time. Susan Hill adds depth to the character by the way she integrates comments by the older Kipps on his own earlier behaviour. This adds depth to the plot and is a technique used by Hill to build...


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