Plot summary[ edit ] In a railway cuttinga solitary figure of a signalman is observed from above standing by the track by a man referred to as "The Traveller" in the cast list who, shielding the sun from his face with one arm, waves the other and calls down "Hallo, Below There".
As I am in crunch time to meet reading goals for the year and still wanted to participate, I selected The Signalman, which is at most 15 pages in text. The version I chose, which was part of the anthology Classic Ghost Stories by Dickens and Others, was only 13 pages long; hence, my reason for choosing a kindle edition of this story because it most closely fits the pages read number of the story I read.
So, I still got to participate in the challenge, and reading this story so short, I got a pining to read even more Dickens next year, after reading A Christmas Carol earlier this month. At first glance, this story is not a holiday story. It is by all means a spooky, paranormal, ghost story which I try to stay away from or I will get nightmares.
Reading the descriptions of most editions, we find out that in Dickens time it was a tradition to read a ghost story on Christmas Eve. Perhaps, this was his impetus for creating his three ghosts in A Christmas Carol in the first place.
Here, we have an experienced railroad signalman who is plagued by visitations by supernatural beings. They flash red lights, give warnings of impending doom as well as visions of dead bodies, and scare the wits out of him. It gets to the point where he needs a companion to keep him company on his night shift so as not to risk getting too spooked to complete his nightly work shift.
This story, even in the longest editions, can be read in mere minutes.
It is definitely spooky and does not offer a holiday feel at all. Do read The Signalman, especially if you enjoy scary stories. Aside from offering this Dickens challenge, of which I may add another story to my repertoire, it is the most friendly, diverse, and non stressful place on Goodreads.
It is well worth a look. Wishing everyone a happy holiday, whichever one you may observe, season.The Signalman is a stage 3 title with a reading age of and around 40 words per page.
Six different level 1 books are available in a pack (). - The book includes a retelling of Dickens' Soundbites is a graded series of readers aimed at reluctant readers in Key Stage 3, with accompanying teaching resources/5. For our chosen text we read "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens.
This short story was written about one hundred and fifty years ago, therefore it was written for a purpose that we would not write for today. The Signalman is a BBC television adaptation of "The Signal-Man", an short story by Charles kaja-net.com story was adapted by Andrew Davies as the BBC's sixth Ghost Story for Christmas, with Denholm Elliott starring as the signalman and Bernard Lloyd as the traveller, an unnamed character who acts as a plot device in place of the .
Charles Dickens wrote this short story of a lonely signalman in based upon the Clayton tunnel crash in The setting of the story was a station by this tunnel with a dismal and eerie atmosphere around it, which dovetails with the ambiance of /5(13).
Sep 06, · The Signal-Man short ghost story by Charles Dickens Filming Locations:Birchen Coppice Cutting and Tunnel Mouth, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, Well worth watching! In "The Signal-Man," the narrator meets a railway signalman near the train tracks.
Distressed, the signalman tells the narrator about the apparitions that he has seen on the tracks. One evening.