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Thought to call it by a prouder name that it deserved had let its line down in the stream It swayed minute after minute hither and thither among the reflections and the weeds letting the water lift and sink it until you know the little tug the sudden conglomeration of an idea at the end of ones line and then the cautious hauling of it in and the careful laying of it out Alas laid on the grass how small how insignificant this thought of mine looked the sort that a good fisherman puts back into the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth cooking and eating I will not trouble you with that thought now though if you look carefully you may find it for yourselves in the course of what I am going to say Page 5 Stereotypes are often placed on certain types of literature Non-fiction has in many cases been given a very dry and straightforward voice while fiction takes up the opposite it is allowed to be metaphoric and abstract With the stereotypical view in mind a reader would not expect the above excerpt to come from a piece of non-fiction literature The classification of non-fiction guarantees that the personas depicted in the tale will be real people Woolfs non-fiction tale reads like a story - a personal anecdote shared with the reader by a persona who might not if the story be fictionalized exist Thus Woolf almost confuses the reader as to what classification it actually falls into non-fiction or fiction The authors conversational manner relaxes the reader to a point that he or she forgets that they are indeed reading a non-fiction essay Woolf herself describes this aspect at the beginning of the book Lies will flow from my lips she says But there may be perhaps some truth mixed up with them it is for you to seek out this
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