What is the tone in Nadine Gordimer's "Once upon a Time"?

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Two separate tones are evident in Nadine Gordimer 's short story: one for the frame story and one for the bedtime story. In the frame story, readers can discern a tone of nervous resignation that comes from assuming corporate guilt despite one's personal innocence. Presumably, the narrator does not subscribe to the racial prejudice and exploitation of people of color that characterizes her society. Although she is white and privileged, she doesn't relish her status, knowing it has been built on the foundation of apartheid, a system that is at that moment undermining...

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