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While reading the novel In the Forest the reader is confronted with many scenarios open to interpretation based upon their personal experience and world view Thus when analyzing this text it makes sense to not only consider the text alone but also the biases we readers bring to the table when discerning meaning from its parts One excerpt that gains considerable meaning from this text-reader interaction is the first sentence of the last paragraph of the chapter titled The TavernAs a female college student reading the novel it is not difficult for me to discern why I often find myself identifying with the free-spirited character Eily While there are numerous struggles thrown upon Eily that are not personally relatable there are still quite many that are all too much so The chapter The Tavern is the perfect example of an experience many women of post-modernity are quite familiar with the remorse of ending a romantic relationship The aforementioned excerpt embodies this notion in the form of a single sentence which reads But he was not there and she wept at her rashness her false pride and her grandiloquent speech about being alone OBrien 63Now it is important to note that the paragraph preceding this quote consists of two long descriptive sentences that Charles Dickens himself would not dismiss The second sentence being a significant sixty-eight words of Eily wistfully daydreaming about her former lover Seeing that much of the population consists of efferent readers--that is to say readers who divert their focus mostly to information based contentI feel as though I am not alone when I say that the foregoing paragraph caused me to skim along while reading Yet this efferent reading is paused by the discovery of the word But As a former student of the United States public school system I am immediately halted by flashbacks of my second grade teacher forewarning me to never start a sentence with a
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