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The Significance of the Kings Highway
In the ' The Vampire bat'' , by Eric Walrond the significance of 'The Kings highway'' is portrayed through the main character B ellon P r out a white Barbadian Planter who is returning home to Barbados after fighting for the British in the Anglo-Boer War. The Kings Highway is Bellons understanding of how Barbados works and that is imperial British power. He wants to travel the Kings High way at night and this status of returning in which B believes gives him a kind of authority, protection and safety as a colonist leads to Bellons tragic flaw in this story.
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In the "Vampire bat'', by Eric Walrond the concept of the "story within the story" is portrayed though Walrond's use of dialect that serves to produce an oral narrative within a written narrative. T he main character is Bellon Prout a white Barbadian Planter who is returning home to Barbados after fighting for the British in the Anglo-Boer War. The Kings Highway is Bellons understanding of how Barbados works and that is imperial British power. He wants to travel the Kings High way at night and this status of returning in which B believes gives him a kind of authority, protection and safety as a colonist leads to Bellons tragic flaw in this story.
W e are introduced to Mother Cragwell a Mullato shop keeper who Bellon knew well before he left for South Africa . He visits her on his horse Rayside on his journey home. While he is there a black woman Lizzie Coates arrives and there is an exchange between her and Mother Cragwell when she recounts her experience in 'the gully'' walking late at night and something told her to step aside and change her umbrella and bag as she thought she was being followed by a ' Duppie '', a spirit , 'a man of the canes'', the kind of intuition she would call a spiritual knowledge. As much as there is belief in God MC is saying these spirits ' duppies '' don't really care about God and God isn't going to protect her from that. This exchange between MC and L causes a shift in the story from proper English unfolding into dialect is important because she is taking narrative power away from Bellon and all that is associated with him is standard Englis h. Walrond uses Dialect to produce an oral narrative within a written narrative , a story within a story and this becomes important because when LC and MC have this exchange we get introduced to another way of thinking, seeing and understanding what happens when you travel on the road at night which offers a counter to B's belief that if you are born human you remain human and does not believe in'duppies ' and spirits .
Bellon refers to it as 'The Kings Highway ' and ' Mother cragwell refers to it as ' De Kings Highways'' . MC and B are on very different ends they don't see things the same way. The use of dialect she makes with Bellon who is using standard English makes their exchange a stilted one. The pace is different from when the story starts, the way in which the dialogue unfolds is different from Bellon and MC and the speed of that says something about call and response that MC and B is a listener but she is also part of the story she becomes some sort of chorus for Lizzie and she validates what L is relaying because she responds and says ' you 7 days adventists why are you guys going about at these times'' trying to say this alternative system has no power over you and is MC's warning that the duppies don't care about God. This offers us something of a warning of whats going to happen as MC tells B that this story is meant to be a lesson and asks him if he was sure he wanted to go home so late. Mother Cragwell re-asserts the road as "de Kings Highways" in dialect and in so doing strips it of its British