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Written by Jim Morris
(5/4/2013 12:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Omniscient narrator?, penned by Therese
Not to wander away from P&P but I've never really cared about or needed restraints as to how the authors tell their stories. It tends to seem that such came into contention after (or even because of) early nineteenth century writers. I'm quite happy with third person as a preference, First person in some cases (when the authors' don't make themselves all heroic), and second person occurs quite infrequently so matters little. The likes of Jane Austen using dialoge, by means of letters etc, I find very descriptive and enlightening. Ann Bronte did it with Tenenant of Wildfell hall almost entirely in dialogue between the writer and a friend. If the narrator wishes to "intrude" as some claim, what difference? "It is not the purpose of this work" etc are purely explanatory to the reader and cause no harm in my eyes. If the story is good enough, the method of the telling of it is up to the teller for me.
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