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Compare 'The Three Strangers and 'A Vendetta'.

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'The Three Strangers and 'A Vendetta' 'The Three strangers' and 'A Vendetta' are totally different stories but the both develop a sense of mystery about them throughout the duration of the stories. There are frequent red herrings as well. The main interest of Hardy's story is to involve you into the story so you would want to read on and see what happens, to see if the culprit gets caught or not. The interests of Guy de Maupassant are set on revenge and although it may take some time you will get it someday. In 'A Vendetta' the story is influenced by emotions such as hate, sadness and anger. 'The Three Strangers is a clever story because it makes you believe something right up until the last minute. It makes you believe that the person on the run is the culprit until you find out at the end that he isn't. This is common in mystery stories and is often used. It adds to the excitement. The main setting in the story is set in a lonely moor in the past where a person is going to get hanged for stealing sheep for his family. ...read more.


He then was asked about what he was doing in these parts. Then the second stranger broke into a song about his job. They were all clues towards him being a hangman. People at the party would probably have reacted with interest and I think a bit of fear. The first stranger acted very cool and did not show any anxiety when the second stranger started singing about his job. He just sang along with it without a care in the world. He even pretended to be his friend. An example of this is when the second stranger acknowledged his companion. This shows that the second stranger believed that the first stranger was his friend. I like the way hardy does this, it is extremely clever. Then they hear another knock, this time they are quite frightened. The shepherd is getting a little bit annoyed by this time and says "Walk in!" he says this in a less enthusiastic tone. The third stranger is about to ask a direction, he gets up to. "Can you tell me the way to......" He looks over to the singing hangman and runs for the door. ...read more.


The questions that Maupassant asks in the story are unusual in a story of this calibre because it adds to the sense of mystery. It gets the reader involved in the story. They start asking themselves what is going to happen. This is what mystery is all about. The two stories are different and the same in different ways. Firstly they both develop a sense of mystery throughout the story. They both lead up to a dramatic finish leaving you wanting to read on. Sometimes when you finish a book you want to see what happens in the future and want the author to write another book. This is how I felt about these two books. Personally when I read a book that is really good I would enjoy reading a sequel as well. These books were enjoyable to read from start to finish and were more enjoyable to write about. They gave me a sense of what people's fears and apprehensions and how people can hide behind their true selves from others, also how a normal caring person can be turned into a person who can only see their side of a story as in 'A Vendetta'. Overall I really enjoyed studying these books. James Havis Three Strangers and A Vendetta Mrs Rudd 11:3 ...read more.

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