The Signal-Man Questions and Answers
by Charles Dickens

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What suspicions does the narrator have about the signalman and why?

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In this crafted critique of technology, Charles Dickens writes a ghost tale entitled "The Signal-Man ." For some unknown reason, the narrator is on "a steep cutting," and he calls out to the railroad signalman far below. Instead of looking up from where the sound comes, the signalman turns and looks down the tracks in a "remarkable manner." Because there is something about this man in such a "dismal place" that makes the narrator apprehensive, he wonders if the strange creature is a spirit, rather than a man. Then, when he asks the signalman if "that light was part of his charge," the man answers, "Don't you know it is?" This reply causes the narrator to wonder if the man is a ghost. The narrator has also "speculated" that the man may not be...

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