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The Clubfooted Grocer by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - How does the author add mystery and suspense in this story?

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Pre twentieth Century Prose coursework essay The Clubfooted Grocer by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle How does the author add mystery and suspense in this story? Introduction: The Clubfooted Grocer by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is an intriguing story about John, Mr. Stephen Maple's nephew, who goes to visit his long lost uncle, who is Mr. Stephen Maple. However, throughout the Prose, a lot of mystery and suspense is added through a series of strange and mysterious events. The pre twentieth language adds to the suspense and mystery and suspense. The main bit that adds suspense and mystery are the describing words used to describe the settings and characters used in this Prose. This gives us a visual image of the environments and characters and their traits. How the suspense was added (with examples and quotes) Events 1-3 The first strange thing that happens in this Prose is that we find out that Mr. ...read more.

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This adds suspense because this makes us think that Mr. Maple needs protection, but we don't know why, which makes us think that. Another main event is when John is travelling on a carriage with a shepherd, they are run off by a pirate for no apparent reason. The quote "Sorry to stop you" tells us this. Then, a telegram, not letter arrives, saying "For I have very strong reasons for wishing him to be with me". Mr. Maple then says get out at Congleton, not Stedding Bridge, which was his primary destination with no reason, which leaves us wondering - why? The last phrase in the telegram is very mysterious, Mr. Maple says "Only you to look to", and meaning Mr. Maple only has John as his help for the trouble Mr. Maple is involved in. These events have set the scene in this Pre twentieth Century Prose. ...read more.

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The suspense is revealed as we find out that the reason Mr. Maple needed John's protection is because of the pirates and the thump noise is because the treasure is in his shoes. These events have set the scene in this Pre twentieth Century Prose. The scene set is a dark and mysterious landscape, which is unsafe. The closing stages of events has shown a series of strange events which added up into one big event and the mystery and suspense was revealed at the end, when Mr. Maple died. The words and phrases, which described and gave us a visual image of Mr. Maple, are" prosperity ", "successful, least respectable" and savoury character. These words describe Mr. Maple as a very which man who is selfish and self-centred, making him the least respectable and also rude to his family (savoury character). The words that describe the landscapes and settings are "wild and isolated hillsides", "misty skyline", "It was quite dark outside" and "lonely". This describes the area as a lonely, dark and unsafe environment. ...read more.

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