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The Signalman, by Charles Dickens; The Battler by Ernest Hemingway - Just how do the two writers create and maintain interest and suspense in their own stories? In Charles Dickens' 'The Signalman' the narrative starts by introducing the main character (also a railroad signalman). Another character can be introduced: the narrator. Dickens refers to the signalman because a 'dark sallow man' and as with a 'black blossom' and 'thick eyebrows'. It appears that Dickens wishes to depict the signalman as a dark and ominous figure. However, he then sheds some light about the character of the signalman. Dickens portrays him to be somewhat lonely and afraid of something. This is revealed at how that he 'turns himself about and looked down the Line' if the narrator calls to him. It is as if he's expecting something odd. The narrator is clearly telling the story and nearly introduces himself to be an extremely curious and beneficial character. Dickens gives us no actual description of him, but we're told that he's a retired man who is interested in new technologies: such as the railroad. So I imagined him as being of Middle Class status as well as smart. It appears he's the time to become considering the new technology of the time, like a hobby. From a number of what he says and does in the story, Dickens gives the impression that he is not even a very perceptive person. As an instance, the very starting line is 'Halloa! Below there!' This is what the narrator calls to the signalman. He doesn't know that this could be starling into the signalman on a solitary railroad line and that's the reason why he does not respond. Dickens also utilizes setting very well to create atmosphere, as in both characters first assembly. The deep railway cutting is clarified a.. .