Silence in Fairy Tales
In the unfolding pattern of the plot, silence accomplishes narrative purpose, moving along events by reason of the gap in time that it creates. It is left to the reader’s imagination to either fill in the gap or make a jump in narrative logic from one point to another. In The Water Nixie, there is no absence of events, but the events very much unfold in silence, with the little brother and sister jumping over gaps of time and experience, or more exactly thinking their way through these gaps.
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