Wednesday, 22 February 2017

"Kill That Woman on the Spot!" - Mrs Gordon Smythies Spins Sensation Out of Thin Air

As a stylist and a wordsmith Mrs Gordon Smythies is excellent. Give her a death scene, a love scene, a crime scene, and she will squeeze bucket-loads of drama out of it.

Acquitted has some terrifically melodramatic and sensational scenes which show how in order to create sensation you need an event with at least some sensational potential; you also need to find an effective narrative perspective and you need to create an optimal literary composition to fully take advantage of the sensational potential.

At the start of the novel Henry Trelawny finds his daughter Minna on the beach the morning after a shipwreck, just as Dan Devrill is about to rob her, possibly murder her.