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This book is a fiction its a memory story a man in his sixties looks back on his boyhood of the middle class boy recalling the events that took place on a summer visit to an aristocratic family in Norfolk in the 1900s The author uses double narrative the young Leos actions told by the older Leo and it shows us how it has affected his lifeFirst Ill expose you the main characters their functions and relationships then Ill give you a small summary of the story followed by the main themes and their symbolic elements and finally the style of the bookLeo Colston has two different aspects hes the narrator of the book a man of about sixty year old and hes a dried up man inside Leo is a young boy of the middle class He lives alone with his mother in West Hash a little village near Salisbury His father was a bank gardener in Salisbury is dead Leo thinks he was a crank he didnt want his son to go to school but his mother always wanted him to go so as soon as he died he went His mother liked gossip and was very sensitive to public opinion she needed social frame and we can easily imagine her pleasure when her son has been invited to spend a summer to a rich friend He has also an aunt Charlotte a Londoner He and his mother were living on her money the pension from the bank and the little his father had been able to put by Leo attends to the same school as upper class boys such as Maudsley he doesnt remember his name probably because he has never been a special friend to him but while reading the diary he remembers his name was Marcus Leo used to write his feelings and the happenings of each day on a diary He believed he had magical powers and was able
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