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Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh is a most energetic piling up of different stories, but in the diversity so created there is also thematic unity, brought about most forcefully through the character of Aurora, the narrator's mother -'most sharp-tongued woman of her generation' -and through the counterpoint of her relationship with her husband, the shadowy Abraham. This paper examines transitivity patterns in certain passages of the novel, showing how these lexicogrammatical featuresdoi:10.1080/02564719908530236 fatcat:ks56vy4ozfhshlgnganpclg4ky