ABSTRACT

On the surface, the aim of a shadowing scene in works of fiction is to reconcile two psychological drives: the inquisitiveness of the person who follows and the discretion of the one who is followed. If all goes according to plan, then the former will learn about the latter in a way that is plainly meaningful to the narrative. However, any disruption occurring during the event is likely to create a sense of discontinuity, similar to that of loss, that can affect both the plot and, within the telling of the plot, the organization of space. 1 Indeed, scenes of shadowing rarely follow simple narrative and geographical patterns.