Charles Dickens's story, "The Signal-Man" elicits varied emotions from readers. of course. Nonetheless, there is certainly a sense of psychological horror at the end of the narrative as readers learn that the assiduous signalman has been killed. That one so constant and unremittingly in his attention to his duties should meet with such a mishap as his disturbs readers because they cannot but entertain the possibility that fate truly exists.
Yet, for the doubting-Thomases there is a bit of a credibility issue since the signalman is killed because he must have been on the train tracks. Since he has been so worried about something happening and he is naturally so diligent, a reader may well wonder why the signalman was ever standing on the tracks. Could it simply be fate, that force that fulfills its will no matter what humans do to prevent it? Those that doubt such a force are not convinced.