Month: April 2014

Speech and Thought Representation in Terry Pratchett’s ‘Going Postal’

Examples of the fictional representation of speech and thought from Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal: PN (Pure Narrative of Narrative Report of Action): Vetinari looked down at the table again, and seemed to lose interest in Moist for a moment (p. 27). NRS (Narrative Report of Speech): He nodded at Commander Vimes of the Watch, who whispered to…

The Murder of Merle Coverdale

  Many of Muriel Spark’s readers have accused her of being ‘cold’ in the treatment of her characters and in the case of Merle Coverdale in The Ballad of Peckham Rye, first published in 1960, Spark’s position of callous indifference would appear to have been taken to an extreme: Merle is not only heartlessly disposed…