The short story “Every Good Boy” by David Nicholls is set in an unnamed city in the UK, this being indicated by the references to the British pound (ll. 102-103), but also by the use of British English.

Time setting

Published in 2011, the narrative covers past events in the life of the boy narrator.


Physical setting

The most important elements of the physical setting are the house of the boy narrator, that of the piano teacher and the pianos in each of the house.

The piano the narrator’s father, Michael, brings home, is depicted in detail as a...


Social setting

The social setting depicts the life of an average lower-middle class boy and his family. This is indicated by the fact that the parents have a “tiny lounge” (l. 20)...


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