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The short stories are "Rummins" by Roald Dahl and "The Black Veil" by Charles Dickens.

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GCSE Wider Reading Assignment This assignment is based on two short stories, which we have to compare. One of the two stories is published before 1900.The two stories are both similar because they are included in the genre of "Mystery Story". The stories are "Rummins" by Roald Dahl and "The Black Veil" by Charles Dickens .The similarity & importance of the titles of the stories is that it is a description of one of the main characters or items in the story with Rummins as the story with Rummins as the old miserable man and The Black Veil over the women's head. Rummins is a mysterious story about the disappearance of an old man or suspicious death. The story is set in three sections. The middle section is a flashback set in the countryside Dahl the author creates an atmosphere of fear and suspicion. The Black Veil is about a young doctor living in London who is visited by a strange looking woman dressed in a black veil. ...read more.

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Walworth inevitably makes the setting of the story more mysterious and rough as a background because of the reputation the area has. A quote that proves the point "Walworth is a straggling, miserable place enough". I personally think it brings the story to life, having more atmospheres in it. It also brings out the personalities of the three characters more because of the areas roughness and setting. The description of Walworth is dark and miserable very different compared to the opening of "Rummins" whilst Rummins describes the peaceful quiet and sunny countryside. Walworth is described as a dirty, horrible and violent place to live. Not very nice as the countryside is safer a tranquil place or area to work and live . The weather in the Black Veil is described as "muddy and mire" but in Rummins the weather is described as "hot & muggy with no breath of wind but above the clouds are moving and changing shape in, the turbulence of the upper air". ...read more.

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It gives him a feeling that something isn't right we got a sense of death before the ending because of the words used and situations the characters get into like the hidden man in the dark in the Black Veil. My thoughts are that some readers are still left in doubt because the author doesn't let you know the full details but gives you clues around the middle of each story. I personally think that it was the old man in the hayrick . In The Black Veil it tells you the dead man and how he died but in Rummins Dahl leaves you still in doubt. Charles Dickens shows concern for the underworld of 19th Century London and the suffering of those ho lived in it by writing "a filthy looking women to empty the contents of some cooking utensils and eating it". I personally think The Black Veil is it better than Rummins because he shows concern for the condition in which they live and the health of the people. Harminder Singh 11R4 ...read more.

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