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How would you compare and contrast the narrators of "Our Society at Cranford" and "A...

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ofelia18 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 6, 2008 at 9:05 PM via web

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How would you compare and contrast the narrators of "Our Society at Cranford" and "A Scandal in Bohemia"?

Elizabeth Gaskell and Conan Doyle authors.

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted March 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM (Answer #2)

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Both narrators are first person but the narrator for "Our Society" in Cranford is ironic and humorous while the narrator for "A Scandal in Bohemia" is serious and without irony or humorousness. The reason for these differences is that in "Our Society" the narrator is telling a tale of a wickedly mischievous young lady who thinks nothing of wreaking havoc with a person's nerves, while in "A Scandal" the narrator is telling an open tale about marvelous deductive and observational skills. Just as the first requires a little ironic humor, the second requires a straightforward approach.

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