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To what extent is there warning about the future in The Woman in Black?

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To what extent is there warning about the future in The Woman in Black? This is the story of a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps, who is summoned to Crythin Gifford, a small market town on the east coast of the United Kingdom to attend to the funeral of Mrs. Alice Drablow, an elderly widow who lived alone in the solitary Eel Marsh House. There are three main parts in the novel that imply cryptic warnings towards a foreboding future. The first main warnings in the book occur in his journey to Crythin Gifford, these examples vary through chapters two to three. Before Arthur Kipps leaves for his coach to Crythin Gifford he gives a description of London; "Fog was outdoors, hanging over the river, creeping in and out of alleyways and passages", through this sentence it is shown already that everything is quite ominous with the words "Hanging over" and "Creeping. Arthur Kipps also writes "such fogs- it was menacing and sinister, disguising the familiar world and confusing people". ...read more.

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of the graves and describing his surroundings "Above my head, that unpleasant, snake-necked bird came gliding back towards the ruins, and I saw that his beak was hooked around a fish that withered and struggled helplessly". What shows in this sentence is the fact that Arthur Kipps has been worried and struggling what to think about the place, he is seen as the struggling fish and the woman in black is keeping him trapped like the snake does to the fish, both Arthur and the fish are helpless, already stuck in the grip of the predator to escape. Further more half way into the Arthur's story it shows that Arthur Kipps is not sure of himself and the mystery he is caught up in "I do not exactly know what to call it-of evil and uncleanness, of terror and suffering, of malevolence and bitter anger". Not only is he unsure of himself, but he can feel his uncertainty around him. ...read more.

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bit more to it then that" which shows that he gets sunken into the situation deeper and deeper ignoring his warnings even more. This leads to the sounds. When he visits the house the first sound he hears is a faint rumble "It was a faint noise, and, strain to my ears...like regular yet intermittent bump rumble. Nothing else happened." This leads the reader to think that the noise is a faint little warning about him being in the house and the nursery, a warning for him to get out. However, he remains and hears a second sound, which is described as "Not that of some, panic stricken creature." The sound was, "Bump bump. Pause. Bump bump. Bump bump. Bump bump." An intelligent reader might able to guess that this is the sound of a horse, and that it's representative of the Woman in Black, who will use the horse in the future to kill his son. He does not realize this, and thinks of it as only a sound. ?? ?? ?? ?? Marie-Louise Barrett Final Draft Miss Owen-Frawley ...read more.

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