How does H.G Wells create suspense in The Cone? Essay

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How does H.G Wells create suspense in The Cone?

There are numerous techniques that an author can use to create interest and suspense when writing a gothic story. Examples of these are short sentences, pathetic fallacy, and emotive language. However
Wells then goes on to combine this with a romantic element, and incorporates a crime of passion into the story. So not only does Wells use the gothic genre and its techniques to create tension, but also that of the romantic genre.

This story is written in the third person, which works superbly as it gives an overview of the opinions of all the characters and their thoughts. For instance Wells writes, ‘She had an impulse to warn him in an undertone, but she could not frame a word.
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Raut says, ‘But what does it matter? An end comes, an end to all this cruelty …… TO- MORROW.’ This could be a sign that perhaps
Raut and Mrs Horrocks were intending to run away the next day, leaving
Mr Horrocks behind. If this was the case this could be another romantic element of the story, two lovers running away to be together, but twisted into a gothic genre because they are stopped in their tracks. The two men in the story offer two opposite ends of the spectrum, one is a romantic and the other a slightly clumsy industry man who thinks only of work. Even their names help to convey this, Horrocks sounds very simple and English whereas Raut sounds European and slightly more upper class.

The story is set in three key places, in a garden, a railway crossing, and an iron works, which all have their individual gothic elements.
The garden is portrayed as a dark, still place, with an atmospheric sky looming overhead, the railway crossing is where Raut experiences a near death incident, but oddly enough Horrocks saves him, then the final setting, the iron works, perhaps the most gothic of all. ‘As they came out of the labyrinth of clinker heaps and mounds of coal and ore, the noises of the rolling mill sprang upon them suddenly, loud, near and distinct.’ The iron works was loud, noisy, mechanical and hot, fire was poignant in every description of the building and indications of the

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