How Does H. G. Wells Create Suspense In The Cone?

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Register to read the introduction… 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 plot still to come were being given all the time,
‘temperature near a thousand degrees. If YOU were dropped into it ….. flash into flame like a pinch of gunpowder in a candle.’ At this point
I believe that Wells wanted to reveal to the reader what Horrocks’ intentions were, but earlier on little indications were appearing
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A possible answer to that is that Horrocks had almost subconsciously planned Raut’s death, throughout the story
Horrocks’ intentions always pointed to the iron works, the ending had to be at the iron works. So perhaps when he saw the train coming this was the thought that went through his mind, the thought that this wasn’t how it was meant to be.

Horrocks uses two strategic similes in the story, firstly he says, ‘as white as death,’ and then, ‘as red as sin.’ These are very suggestive, and make Raut uncomfortable. He seems so wrapped up in his hatred that he is not at all leading Raut under false pretences, Raut is almost given enough clues to work out he is in grave danger, but it seems that a part of him is still willing to believe that he has not been caught. This is clearly not the case.

Mrs Horrocks is not really a large part of the story, in a way she is just there to provide the motive, but we don’t find out a lot about her, her purpose is simply as Horrocks’ unfaithful wife. We do find out that she is unhappy from the way that she speaks, ‘peevishly, in an irritated manner, with discontent,’ she also seems to have an underlying sense of fear but appears to be conquering this by planning

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