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Chris Guthrie is certainly one of the most remarkable characters in Scottish Literature Remarkable for many reasons she endures throughout the hardship and the tragedy that persist throughout this first chapter of her life during her most formative years and with an admirable resistance She is noble attractive intense loyal and has an almost unshakable inner strength and a sharp wit That all these characteristics were attributed to a female character written by a man born at the beginning of the 20th is remarkable and explains the sudden return to popularity of Gibbons Sunset Song In the Prelude The Unfurrowed field we are introduced to the speak of the mearns Gibbons technique was to combine English and Scots words but to use the English Spelling this made Scots or a variation of it accessible to readers worldwide yet authentic to the language of the country by writing in the vernacular of the region This also serves to give this passage the tone of gossip the narrator is non-specific encompassing the views of many in one voice a chorus He or she addresses the reader with a you voice drawing the reader into the attitude and tone of the time yet always in the background is Gibbons light mockery In doing this the Reader can experience the parochial attitude of the people We are immersed in the view of a peasant and largely uneducated society This also serves to emphasise how different Chriss views and opinions are when they differ from the norm or the speak of the mearns While the narration in the prelude and epilude does not include Chris it is intertwined throughout the rest of the text alongside Chriss providing a catalyst for anger comedy and light mockery throughout While the narrative voice is never contributed to a single character in the course of the novel the reader is left to assume that it comes from the least savoury of
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