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Les grands seigneurs [Dorothy Molloy]

Structure and form

Dramatic Volta (turn around) in the final stanza
Uses black humour to undermine the meaning of the previous stanzas
Most of the terms suggest smallness e.g. "fluff", "toy", "plaything" (getting smaller)
Indicates that's her power as "queen" has been diminished by marriage…

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The reader has been in a trance before this

"Call somebody's bluff" shows that the husband knows he has been deceived.
He challenges the narrator by "calling his bluff" and he is claiming his prize who is no longer "out of reach".


Semantic fields (grouping together)
Fairytale imagery exemplifies…


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