The Signal-Man Questions and Answers
by Charles Dickens

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How does the narrator feel after leaving the signalman following his second visit?

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When the narrator leaves the signal man's hut for the second time, he is extremely concerned, for several reasons. First of all, he is pained on behalf of the signal man as a person: he is evidently struggling with his conscience, and possibly with, the narrator seems to indicate, some kind of mental strain, and the narrator doesn't want him to suffer in this way. Secondly, he is also concerned for "public safety" as a result of his concern for the man's state of mind—in his position, he is responsible for the safety of everyone on and near the railway line, and should something happen to him, terrible consequences could arise. The narrator feels burdened by the knowledge of what...

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