Ashton Four Short stories question sheet
1. Explain the personality and occupation of the narrator?
The narrator is a friendly man who is not very smart and loves relish. His occupation is salesperson for Numnumo (A relish for meats and savouries). "I'm what you call a small man in a small way of business. I travel for Numnumo, a relish for meats and savouries..." Also
Smithers is a friendly and social person. Linley is not very social and does not enjoy talking very much. "And yet he never said a word". 2. Find three differences between his personality and Linley’s.
The narrator enjoys fancy and fine things. Linley enjoys a simpler lifestyle than Smithers. "Bit expensive". Also Smithers is a friendly and social person. Linley is not very social and does not enjoy talking very much. "And yet he never said a word". In Smithers mind he is constantly thinking about his relish. "Numnumo was always on my mind." Linley is thinking about a disappearance of a girl which he wants to solve. 3. Give at least three bits of information that indicate that Linley is bright.
Linley is bright because he uses his mind to think of predictions that are surprisingly correct.
"Yes, it's doing no good there: you're probably meant to lose it. And do you know he'd be right." Also he is Oxford educated. "I heard him tell the flat man he had come down from
Oxford..." He was able to solve the murder by himself and the help of Smithers who supplied him with the info. 4. What does Smithers’ comment about Milton and “The Inferno” indicate about his knowledge? 5. What is a clue? List at least five important clues that pointed Scotland Yard in the direction of the murderer.
6. What is a red herring? Give at least one red herring used by the author.
7. Which are the different