The Case for the Defense by Graham Greene

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In the story "The Case for the Defence" how does the suspense continue even at the end of the story?

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In this story, the suspense continues even after the story has ended because we do not know if Mrs. Salmon (and perhaps others) might be in danger from the murderer.

At the end of the story, one of the Adams twins is run over by a bus and killed.  Of course, we do not know if it was the killer or the other brother.  The living brother looks over the dead brother’s body, straight at Mrs. Salmon.  The story ends with the line

“But if you were Mrs. Salmon, could you sleep at night?” 

This leaves us in suspense.  We do not know which brother lived and which died and we do not know if, by looking at Mrs. Salmon, he is showing that he intends to kill her.

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september20 | Student

thank you very much......can u pls also explain in detail how the suspense is built up in the story?

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