Dorothy Gilman Writing Styles in The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

Dorothy Gilman
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Point of View

The story is written in third person from an omniscient point of view. The perspective is limited only to the author's provision of what is important to the reader. For example, the reader learns that members of the CIA are worried about Mrs. Pollifax and that Mr. Carstairs has apparently given her up as dead soon after her abduction. It is also revealed that the CIA sent out telegrams to her daughter and son, explaining her delay in returning to the states. This information is important to the reader in explaining why the son and daughter do not come looking for Mrs. Pollifax. However, there is no indication of what the reaction of the son and daughter are upon receiving the telegrams. The story is divided between dialogue and exposition. Both are written in a straight-forward style and are believable for the time, place and characters...

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