Quicker Than the Eye Characters

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The principal character of all of these stories is Bradbury the storyteller. "Remember Sascha?" "The Finnegan," "Quicker Than the Eye," "Dorian in Excelsus," and "Bug" each feature a first-person narrator. This narrator is mildly self-effacing or self-deprecating.

He is also male, amused, enthusiastic (sometimes to the point of bombast), and traditional—a combination of the voice of Conan Doyle in the Sherlock Holmes tales with the Marlovian ruminativeness of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1902; see separate entry). This narrator is never detached. The autobiographical reference of the Bradbury narrator is discussed above in "Themes." Furthermore, many of the third-person storytelling voices are autobiographical, intentionally and explicitly. Male characters are named "Douglas Spaulding" and "William Henry Spaulding," transmutations of the names of Bradbury and his father. Moreover, the birth dates of a number of these characters flirt with the August 20, 1920 birth date of Bradbury.

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