Scottish manners, Scottish dialect, and Scottish characters of note, being those with which the author was most intimately, and familiarly acquainted, were the groundwork upon which he had hitherto relied for giving effect to his narrative.
The period of the narrative adopted was the reign of Richard I.
I have sent, for your private consideration, a list of the contents of this curious piece, which I shall perhaps subjoin, with your approbation, to the third volume of my Tale, in case the printer's devil should continue impatient for copy, when the whole of my narrative has been imposed.
Other things to be considered in narrative are: Movement, which, unless for special reasons, should be rapid, at least not slow and broken; Suspense; general Interest; and the questions whether or not there are good situations and good minor climaxes, contributing to the interest; and whether or not motivation is good, apart from that which results from character, that is whether events are properly represented as happening in accordance with the law of cause and effect which inexorably governs actual life.
Among kinds of poetry, according to form, the most important are: (1) Narrative, which includes many subordinate forms, such as the Epic.
The effect of a religious profession on the conduct of southern masters is vividly described in the fol- lowing Narrative
, and shown to be any thing but salutary.
You mean, I said, if I understand you aright, that there is one sort of narrative
style which may be employed by a truly good man when he has anything to say, and that another sort will be used by a man of an opposite character and education.
Underneath this glorious scroll came nine and a half columns of narrative
, in which appeared the first, last, and only account of the history of the planet, so far as one observer could draw it, during one long day of its existence.
It is for this reason that I am compelled to be vague in my narrative
, and I would warn my readers that in any map or diagram which I may give the relation of places to each other may be correct, but the points of the compass are carefully confused, so that in no way can it be taken as an actual guide to the country.
on Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Perspective
The book is thus in many ways less a sustained argument for a particular position than a series of illustrations of why--once we see what narratives
are and how common and indispensable they are to a human life--both the narrativist and anti-narrativist views appear far too extreme.
The proliferation of information sources, the speed of transmitting the narrative
, and the number of visible competing narratives
presents a limited time for leaders to frame their narrative