Dickens’s choice of verbs gives the reader additional and different understanding of both the “partners” point of view and the narrator’s point of view. With your partner, complete the following.
- Highlight all the verbs that are forms of “ to be .”
- Next, underline all the verbs that indicate action.
- When you have finished highlighting and underlining, consider the sequence, number and parallel syntax of the “ to be ” verbs and theactive verbs .
- Discuss what that might suggest about the nature of Tellson’s and its employees.
- Do the sequence, number and parallel syntax also suggest anything about the narrator’s point of view toward Tellson’s?