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Why is Chapter 9, In the Nursery one of the most important and effective chapters in the novel?

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Why is Chapter 9, ?In the Nursery? one of the most important and effective chapters in the novel? In the Nursery is one of the most effective chapters because it unveils a lot of truths about Eel Marsh House, Mrs Drablow and the Woman in Black. At the beginning of the chapter Kipps is feeling ?determined and optimistic.? By the end he is ?drained and exhausted.? Throughout the day and especially just before Kipps goes to bed for his first night everything seems almost a little too quiet, as if brewing up for something dreadful. Hill uses sentences like, ?We saw no one. No shadow fell across the grass.? or ?All was quiet, there was not the slightest breeze.? or ?The marshes were black and silent?? Hill is subtly playing with the reader?s senses through her description. ...read more.

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She says ?? and of what suddenly seemed a different kind of silence, ominous and dreadful.? Hill is subtly bringing back events of what happened the first time Kipps tried to stay over at the house. She then, just as quickly, changes it back leaving Kipps and the readers confused asking themselves, ?What just happened?? After that dreadfully draining night when Kipps wakes up the weather has changed to a horrible, dreary, uniform grey ?? not a day calculated to raise the spirits.? Hill is slowly sucking the energy out of Kipps, breaking him down, making him more prone to disastrous events. On the second day Kipps decides that he must confront the happenings at Eel Marsh House and gathers supplies from the town for that end. ...read more.

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He begins to think that in the past a dreadful accident has happened here and is now being repeated over and over. Kipps is terrified, ?I was more distressed than I could bear.? All the strange apparitions have worn Kipps down into a state of tiredness, ?? leaving me like something thrown up on a calm beach at the end of a storm.? I think that Kipps just wants to be left to rest and recuperate from his horrible experiences. All in all chapter nine is one of the most important and effective in the novel because at the end of the chapter Arthur Kipps has changed significantly, especially his attitude, the direction of the novel has turned and the truth is slowly being unveiled leaving the bigger picture of what actually happened to Eel Marsh House, Jennet Humfrye and the Woman in Black. ...read more.

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