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The Signalman is a short story which brings up great suspense and tension throughout the story mainly through the main characters the signalman and the narrator At the beginning of the story the atmosphere is quite dull The tension and suspense really starts to increase when the narrator first meets the signalman The narrator first tries to start the conversation by asking the signalman if there was a path in which he could come down to talk to him There was a calm atmosphere and a high amount of tension and suspense just after the narrator asks the signalman for a path down This suspense is broken when the train comes The narrator is introduced to us as curious and inquisitive He looked up at me without replying and I looked down at him too soon with a repetition of my idle question The narrator seems to have had a sheltered background and has now developed a new interest in the railway this could also link us to the time when the story was written in Dickens time The narrator develops a curious interest in the life of the signalman we trace the course of his regular visits At first he questions himself whether the signalman is in fact human The monstrous thought came to my mind as I perused the fixed eyes and the saturnine face that this was a spirit not a man As he learns more about him he begins to question his state of mind I have speculated since whether there may have been infection in his mind He is amazed at his sudden death at the end of the story Signalman killed this morning sir Not the man belonging to that box Yes sir Not the man I know O How did this happen How did this happen The signalman is introduced as a lonely solitary figure His post was in as solitary and dismal a place as ever I
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