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This passage gives us the reader an all-encompassing view of the narrator and his characteristics and relationships with other characters in the book The narrator shows us through his style of storytelling how he perceives the world around him Conversely we can deduce from his style his position in the world of this text There are two important facets to the narrator that come through in this extract Firstly the narrator develops an air of detachment emotionally from the events described Second of all a comical and sometimes ironic tone develops and this is closely tied into his emotional neutrality In this passage the detachment of the narrator is quite apparent The images in this passage contribute to this effect For example his image of Angela Vicario seems to be based on the second-hand news from his sister This does not lend to a sense of accuracy in terms of emotions as this idealized image p101 relies on his emotional sensibility which throughout the novel is shown to be very dull Furthermore the images of Angela we get in the rest of the passage are not very inspiring All that is conveyed from Angela to the narrator is Regards from your cousin p101 This in fact is not even an image which shows that the narrators image of Angela is based in large part on his expectations of her In this we can see that the narrator is unreliable in nature as he does not portray the true spectrum of emotions that Angela Vicario is feeling The narrator is not only detached from the emotions of other characters he is removed even from the comedy in the lives of others The affair with the fish flopping about in the bedrooms at dawn p102 is an obviously funny scene yet the narrator describes it with much indifference All he does is give a straight description of the scene with no emotional vocabulary suggesting any type
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