The Sisterhood of Night

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The main theme of the story is parent-child relationships, or more specifically parent-daughter relationships. We see how the parents in the town are so desperate to understand the strange actions of their young daughters that they might be driving them even further away. While searching for the reason behind the existence of the Sisterhood, the narrator realizes that maybe he is not meant to understand the secret world surrounding girls. In this problem we also see other themes, such as adolescence and girlhood.

"The Sisterhood of Night" sets itself apart from most other short stories by being divided into 11 small chapters. The first two chapters serve as an introduction to the story itself and in this part the narrator is trying to state the facts as they are known to him. He begins the story by saying: " may be useful to adopt a calmer tone and to state what it is we actually know" (lines 1-3.)

These chapters seem almost like case files and the narrator doesn't reveal any information about himself yet. When he uses the first person it is always in the plural, as if he is trying to be more objective by hiding his personal connection to the events. Up until the third chapter, THE CONFESSION OF EMILY GEHRING, both the narrator and the girls he is worried about are anonymous. Between this chapter and the THE TESTIMONY OF DR. ROBERT MEYER the actual story is told. We hear about the events in their chronological order but the narrator still doesn't seem to be personally involved. In the next chapter, THE TOWN, the narrator's identity is partially revealed to us, but it becomes even clearer in the final chapter, IN THE NIGHT. In lines 216-218 it says: "...even the wives of our town seem...