In her study on Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory (1991), Ryan specifies these inherently tellable
elements mainly in terms of the configuration of story components such as facts and events.
The resolution involves a monstrous transformation of the male self into a form which is tellable
yet not visible.
It is interesting that the process shifts from the tellable
to the untellable: stories of the past can be recounted, but for the individual to revisit his past, there must be a passage through and beyond verbalization.
Because the range of tellable
stories is unlimited, readers who dip their net often enough into the ocean of narrative are almost certain to encounter the particular story they need to hear, whether the story confirms the essential goodness of human beings or opens the reader's eyes to injustice, selfishness, and vice.
Such skill includes varying our vocabulary and voice to accommodate the capacities of our audience and to match the phases (beginning, middle, and end) of transforming a given event into a tellable
In the first place, the protagonist cannot assemble all the scattered traumata of his life into a legible structure and must deliver them into the hands of one who has the patience and time to construct a tellable
Researchers have reported valid and tellable
results in performance ratings of patrol officers (Bradley & Pursley, 1987), small military units (Shapira & Shirom, 1980), geriatric patients (Taylor, Haefele, Thompson, & O'Donoghue, 1970), nurses (Zedeck, Imparato, Krausz, & Oleno, 1974), and school children (Lambert & Hartsough, 1980).
43) Challenging these views in her response to the paper by Prince that I have just mentioned, Lanser submits that the apparently nonconflictual situation "the cat sat on the mat" could yield a tellable
story "in a culture where a cat's sitting on a mat were regarded transgressive behavior," and, conversely, that the conflict-loaded situation "the cat sat on the dog's mat" could yield no such story "in a culture that did not set up dogs and cats as potential enemies.
ghost stories: two or three main characters, action-oriented, one event leading immediately to another without unnecessary description.
It takes a lot to find the tellable
tales within them.