"James's narrator, this invisible adult - and probably masculine - presence, has a significant role to play..." This is what Millicent Bell thinks about the role of the narrator in What Maisie Knew by Henry James.
In this paper, I will try to show the importance of the way the story is narrated for the effect it has on the reader.
I will first try to find a general definition for the term "narrator"
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