Physical setting

The physical setting in the story “A Way of Talking” by Patricia Grace is a small town in New Zealand. This is suggested by the fact that Rose arrives by bus from Auckland, and the fact that Jane Frazer is very impressed by Rose’s account of social life, fashion and marches demonstrations in the city, appearing almost jealous of her way of life. The period of time appears to be contemporary to the publishing of the tale (the 1970s), as referenced by the mention of marches and demonstrations which are a part of Rose’s university life and which were common during that time.

The story ends and begins in the family house of Rose and Jane from which the girls set out and then return. The house appears to be a safe space, a place of warmth and comfort, and the food i...

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