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The Purloined Letter

The Purloined Letter


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter: Letter? We Hardly Know Her! True or False

1. How is the setting anti-gothic? -> People talking, thinking, and smoking pipes in a library seems stable, calm, and not very scary or creepy.
2. How does the narrator’s dissemination of information influence the story? -> The creepy tone gives readers chills.
3. How does mystery influence the story? -> Mystery does not influence the story.
4. What does the fact that the narrator does not comment much on what is said in the story suggest? -> He trusts that that the readers are smart enough to decide for themselves.
5. What is the style of "The Purloined Letter"? -> Wordy and complicated