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How does the ending of "The Signal-Man" come as a shock to the reader?

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In Charles Dickens's "The Signal-Man " an unnamed narrator meets a railway signalman who tells of a story in which he, the signalman, frequently encounters a strange specter who serves as an omen of bad fate; each time the signalman encounters the specter, a tragic event occurs. Having seen the specter several times in the recent days without noticing any tragic event, the signalman finds himself in a sense of great foreboding. He...

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