Characterisation of Helen

In this part of the study guide we will focus on the mannequin the narrator names Helen. Helen is a lifeless mannequin, but in the story she is given human attributes by the narrator who perceives her as a living woman. As a result, we will refer to the dummy as ‘she’ or ‘her’ in this part of the study guide, to reflect the narrator’s perspective. However, you should remember that all ‘her’ traits are only the narrator’s projections.

Outer characterisation

Helen’s outer characterisation renders her as a beautiful woman working in a fashion store. The narrator pays considerable attention to her physical traits:

The legs were well apart, the right foot boldly advanced, the left trailing with studied casualness. She held her right hand before her, almost touching the window,...

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