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Ford Madox Ford

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Ford Madox Ford

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Perspective and Narrator

The novel is told in the first-person voice by an unreliable narrator, John Dowell.


The novel is written in present tense.

About the Title

John Dowell tells the story of Captain Edward Ashburnham, who is loved and admired by those who know him. Outwardly, Ashburnham appears to be a virtuous person, the good soldier to whom the title refers. However, his inner life seems anything but good, and he indulges in some private vices. It is up to the reader to decide whether Edward is ultimately the villain or hero of the piece.


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