Who are the narrators of these two stories? How does the narrative perspective affect the reader's experience?
"The Courtship of Mr Lyon" has a third person, omniscient narrator; the perspective shifts to include the thoughts and opinions of different characters (Beauty Lamb and her father), but the narrator has a point-of-view as well. Since the story is told in the past tense and the narrator seems trustworthy and impartial, the reader assumes the narrator's distanced stance and accepts the narrator's report as the truth. Using this style of narrative gives the story a cinematic feel -- the reader can picture what is happening just as it's described.
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