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Commentary on extract fromThe Rejected Oneby Morley Callaghan

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Commentary on extract from�The Rejected One�by Morley Callaghan In this commentary I will study an extract from�The Rejected one�written by Morley Callaghan. I will write about the story's plot and at the same time I will write how the author has used Morley Callaghan tells us about a man called Karl introducing his new girlfriend, Mamie, to his family. The title �The Rejected One�is symbolic to the theme of this story, and the extract is part in the story where the "rejection" starts. It starts with a scene of an early winter evening, Karl and Mamie walking on the way to his family's house, the author uses the word "bringing" to describe how Karl was conveying her, instead of the verb "taking", "bringing" has the effect of hinting the readers to become conscious of the negative effect it has on expressing the characters moods, here it could be showing that Mamie is unwilling to go, or that Karl is feeling hassled but has no choice to take her to see his family. The author built the mysteriousness by not mentioning Mamie's name, she was simply addressed by "her", this technique has the effect on making the readers become more interested in the story and have an intention to find out who this woman is. ...read more.


Karl leaves her to stand alone while they observe her, "shrewd" is the word to describe how they looked at her, this brings a negative feeling at once. The attention is then brought to the young wife Helen, her description of appearance is a great contrast to Mamie, this may be the Author's deliberate intention to make Mamie become more distant from them. While focusing on Helen we notice a detail when she looked at her husband, "her face grew troubled" this indicates that John could be interested in Mamie, in a way that would even worry his own wife. And this is a good enough reason for Helen to not get a good start with Mamie. But still leads her in to the living room. In the living room there is an old lady, we can guess that it is Karl's mother as of descriptions from Mamie's perspective such as "sitting in an invalid chair" and "(eyes)so much like Karl's" but just for insurance Karl addresses her as mother and then introduces Mamie to her. The perspectives change again back to Karl. Mamie's actions instantly contrast with her shyness she showed before, this time making Karl feel proud of her of how confidant she is now, her smile gives Karl the impression that she had been practicing this moment for a long time, ...read more.


And then Mamie did something perplexing, she stood on the spot for a while before bursting out with laughter saying "for the love of Mike, why are we acting all so stiff." Surprising everyone in the room, including the readers. What would have made her do this sudden outburst of unpredictable speech? Not very likely to be nervousness that triggered her off, nor any inklings of this is a joke, her comment on atmosphere is "stiff" and uncomfortable, but she wants to be herself now, and doesn't seem to care of how they would think of her now she has met them all, as she moved towards Karl, the mother closed her eyes in a way described to "make them all feel uneasy". Her sudden change in character also changed how Helen thought of her, Helen instantly is "anxious" to be hospital to her, maybe to get to know this unpredictable person more, or just to fulfil her duty as a host and obeying the old Mrs. Henderson's orders. But Karl still notices John glancing "furtively" at Mamie, and Karl does not know whether to like this or not, he is not sure if it is a sign that John accepts her as a new member in the family, or that John is thinking of other things that would make his wife worried about Mamie. Karl then tries to take their attention of Mamie by starting a conversation ending this extract. ...read more.

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