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I decided to write about the signalman's thoughts about the spectre because I think that is the most important aspect of the story.

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Introduction

THE SIGNALMAN 'Helloa below there, Helloa below there....' When will those words cease to haunt me? Or will I have to live the rest of my life knowing something is going to happen and not being able to stop it. When I first saw the spectre I was scared stiff. I didn't know what was happening. I thought I was seeing things. I have lived in this solitary and dismal place for too long with only the dripping wet walls of jagged stone for company. I often thought I saw things in the deep black tunnel. When I saw and heard the spectre waving his arms and telling me to "look out" I didn't know what to do. If I was to message up and down the line 'danger, take care!' ...read more.

Middle

I was standing at the door, I looked towards the red light, and saw the spectre again. Instant fear came over me. I was worried that more people were about to die. I watched every train go in and out of the tunnel, to make sure nothing was wrong. The same day the spectre had come back to me I noticed at a carriage window on my side, what looked like a confusion of hands and heads, and something waved. I signalled to the driver to stop. He stopped about 150 yards on. I looked to see what I had seen, it was a beautiful young lady who had died instantaneously. She was brought and put in my hut. I was scared that the spectre would never leave me alone. ...read more.

Conclusion

EVALUATION I decided to write about the signalman's thoughts about the spectre because I think that is the most important aspect of the story. In the second paragraph I tried to show his fear of the spectre and what it means and how it preyed on his mind. He wasn't able to confide in any one else on the railway as he felt he had nothing he could say which didn't expose him to ridicule. In this way the pressure built up. Finally he starts to fear Mr Dickens and what Dickens thinks of him. The story leaves it unclear whether the signalman killed him self or how the accident occurred. The signalman was influenced by his surroundings illustrated by the use of depressing words such as dismal, solitary and gloomy and this can't have helped his state of mind. ...read more.

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