On Narrative

"There are three principal sources of interest in narrative: suspense, mystery and irony. Suspense raises the question: what will happen? Mystery raises the question: why did it happen? When the reader knows the answers to the questions but the characters do not, irony is generated."

- After Baktin: Essays in Fiction and Criticism by David Lodge

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