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Topics: Secretary, Supernatural, Vivien Alcock Pages: 2 (479 words) Published: April 24, 2014

A very good morning to our English teacher, Madam Lee and my fellow classmates. Today I am going to talk about the synopsis and the themes with textual evidence about novel we study in form 4 ‘QWERTYUIOP’ written by Vivien Alcock.

The synopsis for ‘QWERTYUIOP’ is about a poor, young graduate named Lucy Beck who has just finished her ‘O’ levels at Belmont Secretarial College. She is a slow learner herself but she is determined to find a job in order to get out of poverty. Fortunately, she is offered a job by Mr. Ross, the Manager of Ross and Bannister’s. However, she begins to face problems from her first day of work. She encounters many peculiar incidents when she starts using the electric typewriter.

Whenever Lucy types, the words “QWERTYUIOP” which is on the top lines on the keyboards would keep appearing. She is determined to keep to her job, so she tries to overcome her fear. Later, she finds out that there is a spirit lingering around the office. She finds out that Miss Broome, a former secretary of the late Mr Bannister was forced to retire after working for forty-three years. That was why the spirit of Miss Broome is adamant in holding on to her position as the company’s secretary.

Towards the end of the story, Lucy tries to get rid of the spirit that has been haunting that place for many years. She assured Miss Broome that the late Mr Bannister needs her in the afterlife. She managed to convince Miss Broome to leave and finally she could maintain her job.

Next, the themes that I would share is Lucy Beck is a determination person. She has strong determination to keep her job as secretary of Ross and Bannister’s despite the supernatural forces that tries to fail her. Miss Broome’s spirit lingered in the room where Lucy works and demands her to leave but she shows no signs of giving up. Lucy is steadfast in defending her position as the secretary and she battled fearlessly with the...
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