In Cynthia Forder’s short story “The Dragon”, the characters’ conversation takes place on Kay’s porch. The physical setting is hard to pinpoint exactly, as the author does not mention any place names. Kay and Bob are seated on a swing which gives the reader a feeling of intimacy. The swing isolates Kay from the real world. She can only look at the city but from her standpoint, its negative aspects cannot reach her. Kay looks at the oil refineries but does not see them as ugly polluting buildings, nor does she think of their practical aspects. Instead, she replaces them in her head with the fantasy image of the dragon. The setting is idyllic, which is in line with Kay’s perception of the world:

It was porch-sitting night and Bob and I moved out to t...

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