Ambrose Bierce Writing Styles in The Boarded Window

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Narrator and Narration

The narration of "The Boarded Window" raises significant questions: Who is this unnamed narrator? More importantly, what is his relation to Murlock? Why is he so interested in Murlock? How does he know so many details about the night in question? Bierce answers none of these questions in this brief tale.

The narrator, as he tells the reader, grew up near Murlock's cabin. As a boy—knowing of the ghost that haunted the spot—he visited the ruined cabin and threw a stone against its outer wall. His only other association with Murlock is the distinction of being one of the few people to know the secret of the boarded window, which his grandfather related to him. Other than these details, the reader finds out little about the narrator.

The beginning of the narration sets up the background, providing sketchy details of the region...

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