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Please provide a detailed analysis of the story "The Signal-Man" by Charles Dickens, and include themes, an analysis of characters, and important passages.

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"The Signal-Man" is a short story by Charles Dickens. It was published in 1866 as part of the Mugby Junction collection. It is a brief but eerie story that follows the narrator's interaction with a railroad signalman.

In this case, we may review characters and important passages together, as many of the story's most important passages reveal important information about the characters.

Characters & Important Passages

There are really only two characters in the story (though other people are mentioned in the narrative). One is the narrator; the other is the signalman.

The story begins with the narrator trying to talk to the signalman near the train tracks. We gather that the narrator is a relatively friendly man and a curious person, too. He calls out to the signalman, asking for permission to approach him. As he does, we catch a view of the signalman from the narrator's perspective:

He was a dark sallow man, with a dark beard and rather heavy eyebrows. His post was in as solitary and dismal a...

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