The Fly in the Ointment by V. S. Pritchett

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What is the mood and tone of "The Fly in the Ointment"?

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When the tone and mood of a work of fiction are considered, it is important to be able to distinguish between them carefully. The tone of a piece of literature is defined as the manner in which a story is told and therefore relates to the author's intentions on how he or she chooses to relate the tale. If the tone is related to the author, the mood is related to the reader, as it can be defined as the mood as experienced by the reader as they read the tale. Often a tone can be very different from the mood, as in the case of a story...

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