To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood. In a country there was a
shire, and in that shire there was a town, and in that town there was a
house, and in that house there was a room, and in that room there was a
bed, and in that bed there lay a little girl; wide awake and longing to
get up, but not daring to do so for fear of the unseen power in the next
room -- a certain Betty, whose slumbers must not be disturbed until six
o'clock struck, when she wakened of herself 'as sure as clockwork', and
left the household very little peace afterwards. It was a June morning,
and early as it was, the room was full of sunny warmth and light.
(the beginning of Mrs Gaskell's Wives and Daughters)
This text is analysed in Lecture
Notes nos. 11 and
14. Tasks and questions to ask in relation to the
passage as it is used in each of the lecture notes:
Lecture notes no. 11:
What point of view is
(Recall the various types of
points-of-view[as they are traditionally conceived] mentioned in the
lecture. Can the above passage be easily fitted in?)
Lecture notes no. 14:
Say something about its rhythm:
- How many sentences
- How long is each of them? (What effects are created by the bare length
of the sentences?)
- How is each divided in terms of comma
and colon units?
(As the above questions are very straightforward, you may want to do
in trying to answer them).
- What other features of prose rhythm can you note?