Physical setting

The events described in the short story “The Third and Final Continent” by Jhumpa Lahiri take place on three continents. Some of the events take place in Asia, in Calcutta, where the narrator grew up and got married. A description is given of the room that had once belonged to the narrator’s mother:

At times I thought of the tiny room on the other side of the wall which had belonged to my mother. Now the room was practically empty; the wooden pallet on which she'd once slept was piled with trunks and old bedding. Nearly six years ago, before leaving for London, I had watched her die on that bed… (p. 6, ll. 28-31)

This description could suggest that the narrator’s family comes from a poor economic background.

Other events take place in Europe, in London, where the narrator studies and works. While in...

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