Style of language

The short story “Dusk over Atlantic Wharf” by Susmita Bhattacharya is written in a neutral style. The narration uses contractions, and the sentences are simple and straightforward. The vocabulary contains mostly common words. 

The narrative is largely made out of Lata’s monologue, reflecting her inner voice. For instance: 

All English films were sold out. Could that be the reason why he bought the Hindi film tickets? Lata looked at Anuj in the distance, paying for the popcorn. He was smiling at the man behind the counter. No, he really did want to watch this film with me, she decided. (ll. 109-112)

By presenting Lata’s thoughts in such a manner, the author allows the readers to understand and sympathize with her. 

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