The Man of the Crowd

The Man of the Crowd

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After an unnamed illness, the narrator sits in a coffee shop in London. Fascinated by the crowd outside the window, he considers how isolated people think they are, despite qthe very denseness of the company aroundq. He takes time to categorise the different types of people he sees. As evening falls, the narrator focuses on qa decrepit old man, some sixty-five or seventy years of age, q whose face has a peculiar idiosyncrasy, and whose body qwas short in stature, very thin, and apparently very feebleq wearing filthy, ragged clothes of a qbeautiful textureq. The narrator dashes out of the coffee shop to follow the man from afar. The man leads the narrator through bazaars and shops, buying nothing, and into a poorer part of the city, then back into qthe heart of the mighty Londonq. This chase lasts through the evening and into the next day. Finally, exhausted, the narrator stands in front of the man, who still does not notice him. The narrator concludes the man is qthe type and genius of deep crimeq due to his inscrutability and inability to leave the crowds of Londona€bAfter an unnamed illness, the narrator sits in a coffee shop in London.

Title:The Man of the Crowd
Author:Edgar Allan Poe
Publisher:otbebookpublishing - 2014-02-14


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