The story has a traditional plot structure, revealed mostly in the second part of the story: Liz is attracted to Jim, but what she imagines about him turns out to be an illusion when he rapes her. Liz and Jim are the most relevant characters in the story.

The story takes place in Michigan, USA. The social setting focuses on traditional gender roles -male and female stereotypes- and relationships as seen in the late 1800s.

The third person narrator mostly follows Liz's point of view, but occasionally reveals knowledge about the other characters' state of mind as well. Towards the end of the story, the narrator is more conservative with information, to some extent leaving it up to the reader to interpret Liz's state of mind.

An overview of the short story’s language reveals a simple vocabulary combined in short, and often explicit, sentences.

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Short story analysis

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