The third person perspective used mutually by both writers is carefully crafted to suit each writer’s intention. Saki is able to robustly capture the feelings and attitudes of Conradin towards his elder, Mrs. De Ropp in the story Sredni Vashtar. Saki achieves this through a quasi-objective narrative stance, in which the narrator interprets events from the point of view of the young protagonist but pretends to relate events objectively. This serves to manipulate the understanding of our characters situation and create a bias where the reader would empathise or side with the protagonist in the case of a conflict. This is evident during the climax of the story. Where rather than sympathising with the fact that Mrs. De Ropp, an innocent lady, had be killed; the reader rather feels a sense of relief due to the emotional investment made towards the protagonist, Conradin. As well as this technique shown explicitly in Sredni Vashtar, it too is observably shown in The Hollow of the Three Hills. As the reader uncovers the secrets of the lady’s past, where she had “broken her holiest vows”, they begin to uncover that there is more to this character than meets the eye. However unusually, despite the Lady’s incredibly sinful past the reader does not feel a sense of betrayal as expected. This is due to the narration of the text which intentionally creates a false sense of characterization by strategically focusing on the Lady’s aesthetic beauty and her remorseful actions. Hawthorne wisely recognized that due to the society we live in, humans must categorize the people they meet into either good or bad. Therefore by elegantly using narrative structure to order the input of information, the reader mistakenly profiles the Lady as a good human being in spite of her past.
The narrative voice allows the reader to vicariously experience the troubles and triumphs of the characters involves in the story. As mentioned earlier, the third person perspective used in Sredni Vashtar assists in siding with Conradin and viewing the story through his perception. Along with this, when he displays his conquest over Mrs. De Ropp by indulging in the former forbidden delight, “toast”, a sense of satisfaction and closure is felt by the reader. As if the reader had placed themselves into the shoes of the protagonist, and had finally released themselves of an overwhelming burden. A comparable technique is seen in The Hollow of the Three Hills, where the reader feels a sense of regret over the actions of the Lady. As well a sense of internal regret due to inaccurately judging the content of both the Lady and the Crone’s character. Through this Hawthorne is about to allegorically target societies fault in erroneously concluding whether someone is considered, good or bad.
The different approaches by the narrators in the two stories each serves a vital role in presenting the authors intended themes. These themes are displayed through a variety of different methods using narrative voice and perspective. In the story Sredni Vashtar, Saki carefully crafts the piece to reveal how through narrative voice the reader is able to empathise with characters who primarily share no similar experiences at all, yet vicariously indulge in the victories of those same characters. Similarly in The hollow of the three hills, the reader feels a sense of regret due to the discovery of the lady’s sinful past, despite not sharing any similar experiences themselves. The influence of narrative voice is one that affects the total outcome of a writing piece, and therefore is a tool that can drastically stimulate the mind of the reader.