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GALLOPING FOXLEY by Roald Dahl

BEFORE READING
● Journal Entry:
Answer the following questions in the Journal
section of your notebook:
What are your best and worst Primary- School
memories? Do they still affect you?

READING
PART 1:
● NARRATOR AND SETTING

The Narrator of a story refers to the voice telling the story and the setting is the time
and place in which a story unfolds.

Read from “Five days a week, for thirty six years, I have travelled the eight twelve train
to the City” pg. 85 to “Labour Governments and socialized medicines and the rest of it.”
pg. 86.
From the opening of the story, what do we learn about the narrator and the setting of
the story? Complete the chart with your ideas and provide evidence from the text

NARRATOR SETTING
Quote Explanation Quote Explanation

Answer the following questions with details from the text:


1. How does the narrator emphasise that he is a creature of habit? Why does he like
the "unchanged and unchangeable" fellow travellers?
2. What seem to be the main characteristics of the people he passes during his daily
walk from Cannon Street to the office? In what way are their lives "regulated nicely by
the minute hand of the accurate watch"?
PART 2:
Continue reading from “So you can see that I am, in every sense of the word, a
contended commuter.” pg. 85 to “I honestly believe that’s what happened.” pg. 87
● FORESHADOWING

Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to


come later in the story and helps the reader develop expectations about the coming
events in a story.

1. Read the following line:


“Or would it be more accurate to say that I was a contended commuter?”
Why do you believe the writer has chosen to write “was” in italics? Why has the writer
changed the use of verb tenses? What may this anticipate?
2. Why do you think the narrator believes God wants to teach him a lesson? What do
you predict that lesson may be?
PART 3:
Continue reading from “As I say, it was last Tuesday.” pg. 87 to “(...) suddenly he
glanced up and our eyes met” pg. 88
1. Pay close attention to the description of the stranger on the platform and draw
what you believe he looked like.

2. In what ways are we told that the stranger "was not one of us"?

3. How does the narrator react to the stranger?

● Journal Entry:
Answer the following questions in the Journal section of your notebook:
How would you react if a new student started in your class who dressed, acted and
looked very differently from the rest?

Intertextuality is the ways in which texts are interrelated and the meanings that arise
out of this.

Within the passage two texts are being referred to: The Times and
The Daily Mail.
CULTURAL REFERENCE: The Times is a broadsheet
newspaper; this means a newspaper with a large format,
regarded as more serious and less sensationalist than
tabloids such as The Daily Mail. By mentioning these
newspapers the narrator is making a point about the
characters who read them.
1. What does this tell us about the characters? Think
of adjectives to describe them based on their choice of
newspaper.
Part 4:
Continue reading from “’D’ you mind the pipe?’” pg. 88 to “I’d stopped like I’d been
shot” pg. 90
Answer the following questions with details from the text:
1- There is something about this stranger that makes the narrator uneasy. What is
it and what feelings does it stir in the narrator?
Part 5:
Continue reading from “’It’s Foxley!’ I cried” pg. 90 to “I was practically a beatable
offense myself” pg. 99

As the narrator recalls his time in Repton, the writer uses the technique of flashback to
vivdly portray his experience with Galloping Foxley.

Flashback: a device in the narrative of a novel, story or film by which an event or scene
taking place before the present time in the narrative is inserted into the chronological
structure of the work.

1. What seems to you to have been the worst thing that Perkins had to suffer at
school? Why didn't he write home to his parents telling them the truth?
Part 6
Continue reading from “I glanced out of the window” pg. 99 to “’Mine’s Fortescue-
Jocelyn Fortescue. Elton, 1916’” pg. 99

1. Does Perkins want to expose the stranger in front of other commuters because he
envies the stranger's good looks or because he wants a sort of revenge?
2. Do you think the stranger really is who he says he is, or is it in fact Galloping Foxley
trying to avoid being discovered?
IRONY
● Jouranal Entry:
Answer the following questions in the Journal section of your notebook:
Do you agree with Perkins that "there's nothing routine and regularity for preserving
one's peace of mind"? What are the advantages and disadvantages of organising your
life around routine?