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A Comparison of The Story Of An Hour by K. Chopin and the Red Room by H.G. Wells I have read two short stories from the nineteenth century that both contain tension and suspense. They both lead up to some sense of the sudden at the end however it's achieved in different ways which they're told. The Story Of An Hour is the shorter of those two. The narrative starts abruptly and a catastrophe is introduced immediately. The opening paragraph is very brief as it's just 1 sentence but a good deal of information is supplied to the reader. It is composed in third-person narrative, which proves that the reader will have the ability to understand things that other characters don't. Two characters are brought into the story, Mrs Mallard and her husband. We're also told that her husband had died and that she's been afflicted by 'heart trouble', 'Mrs Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble, terrific care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's departure'. This builds up the tension and suspense and that makes the reader believe something will happen to her or she could have more trouble after his death. The reader is drawn into the story since the tragedy proves that there could be despair or misery. The detailed opening encourages images and ideas of how the story will advance, making the reader feel a tragedy is to follow. The Story Of An Hour is put in Mrs Mallard's home and as it proceeds the setting is moved to her room for a large part of this narrative. At the start, the setting is not clear since the action starts suddenly without an excuse as to where the characters are. But in the third para...