The main events described in the short story “Making Cabinets” by Richard Christian Matheson take place in a restaurant. The story implies that the woman – who is the main character – is one of the restaurant’s regulars, as the waitress knows her and her story: “The waitress tilts head. The thin woman needs another minute. The waitress nods; the same conversation everyday”. The restaurant is depicted as a place of ordinary social interactions which contrasts sharply with the woman’s disturbing thoughts.

The restaurant is used to highlight the way the woman’s trauma affects her and leads her to perceive the mundane setting as something grotesque and frightful. The descriptions of ordinary actions, such as the couple eating lobster or the busb...

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