Philippa Gregory Writing Styles in A Respectable Trade

Philippa Gregory
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Point of View

The story is written in third person from the point of view of several of the characters, giving the story an omniscient perspective though this is limited at any given point in time to the perspective of a single character. For example, the reader may see the story through the eyes of Frances for a period of time before the author switches to Mehuru's perspective. Other characters, including Josiah, Sarah and Stephen Waring sometimes hold the spotlight. This is an effective means of presentation for several reason, chiefly that the story spans two continents and the author would not otherwise have been able to present specific details fully. For example, Mehuru's life prior to his capture and his complete belief that he would be released when his identity was discovered is vital to the understanding of the character. Limiting the perspective would have precluded this information...

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