Here, we will discuss the setting of the short story “Manhood” by John Wain.

Time setting

The short story was published in 1980, so we can assume that the time setting of the events is supposed to be around the time of publishing. The events spread over the course of a few months, from autumn to spring. We can assume that the initial events take place in autumn because the grass on which Rob lies is cold and because the selections for the school team happen at the beginning of the school year. Also, the night of the tournament is set in March: “The quarrel began, and continued for many days. In the end, it was decided that Rob should continue boxing until he had represented the school at the tournament in March of the following year, and shou...

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