Apart from the narrative style, the theme and characterization of the “mother” also differ. However, all the differences are highlighted through this basic difference in styles. In ‘The Railway Children’, Nesbit narrates in the form of prose with intermittent verses that make the characters come alive. The story is about three children (Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis) who undergo a transformation in their lives and how they adjust to it is the center of the plot. The children are left alone with their mother when their father is supposedly on a business trip. However, the author narrates mainly from the viewpoint of the children and does not give out any information, which the children do not know. Their mother’s name is not mentioned and the woman is referred to as ‘Mother’. This again emphasizes that the story is written mainly from children’s viewpoint. The author also imposes his preference of character on another character. For instance, the narrator reflects upon the preferences of the Mother by saying, “Of course, Mothers never have favorites, but if their Mother HAD had a favorite, it might have been Roberta. Next came Peter, who wished to be an engineer when he grew up. and the youngest was Phyllis, who meant extremely well” (Nesbit, 2008). Again though this is mainly a first-person narrative, the author at times brings in his own opinion about the characters. For instance, the author opines about Roberta the eldest child, saying, “I hope you dont mind me telling you a good deal about Roberta. The fact is I am growing very fond of her. The more I observe her the more I love her. And I notice all sorts of things about her that I like” (Nesbit, 2008). Thus, the personal preference of the author has a chance to influence the mind of the readers.
However, the narrator is a carefull one as he gives support for his opinion. He narrates incidents and the role of Roberta in different situations in order to justify the character of Roberta and to justify the love or likeness of the narrator towards her. .