The coach rocked gently, and the coats and mushroom-colored raincoats that hung between the windows swayed a little as the car moved. In this story, Cheever takes his middle-class realism and adds an even wilder card than sci-fi; he adds a mentally unstable woman. When they are in Shady Hill and she commands him to kneel and put his face in the dirt, the reader definitely thinks she will shoot him. Blake is a critical, apathetic person while Ms. Blake still thinks he has the power to manipulate her. He distances himself from everyone in his life. Structure Characterization Theme Socratic Questions 1.
The selection: She touched Blake with the pistol. Genevieve School in Montreal and. But also Blake is the heel between Miss Dent and her happiness. Louise Blake - Blake's estranged wife, whom he only married for her looks. At the station Blake buys a newspaper and then boards his train and finds his seat.
To him, people with low self esteem are not people. He dehumanizes them to the point where they are all nameless. Miss Dent, even mentally tormented, finds the strength to stand up to the person who caused her emotional trouble and pain. It was also adapted into a 1960 episode of , starring and. Cheever manages to create a kind of heightened reality, where everything remains normal on the surface but the reader — and the character of Blake in the story too — is now looking at everything with a more investigative and interpretive eye. Blake commutes to work by train and is followed by a Miss Dent who is obviously desperate to speak to him. Dent sit next to him.
After reminiscing in the bar, Blake drinks a second beer and decides to head for the train station to catch the local train, the five-forty-eight. In the beginning, the author makes it clear that Mr. She's one of those attractive rather than glamorous actresses who found a successful niche in Hollywood. He quickly begins walking again, now wondering if the woman means to do him harm in some way. One final image that Martin explores is the Cat's Paw ad. In the end, the readers saw that the oppressed get revenge, making a bold statement about what happens to those who abuse power.
Dent is searching for a genuine love connection throughout the story. Characterizing Blake as a dominant, power abusing person allows the readers to conclude that he represents the oppressors. Miss Dent interrupts Blake's reading by explaining how she has plotted against him, questioning whether she should kill him or not. Along with confusing the sumptuary laws, moral obligations, and human responsibilities he lives by. Here, she goes through a gamut of emotions convincingly, such that the episode really depends on her skills to carry it along. Anyway, for fans of Thaxter, myself included, the 30-minutes remains a showcase. It then becomes obvious to the reader how Blake can live with himself after the way that he feeds on women.
She tells him to put his face in the dirt, Blake does so and begins to weep. Would you have fired Miss Dent??? She had been hired by personnel to be his personal secretary several months before. The train then arrives at Shady Hill, Blake's destination. In your opinion, were either Blake or Miss Dent likeable characters? Cheever makes a point in general about how people with power abuse it to dehumanize others. Miss Dent spent some time in a mental institution before being released and getting a job as Blake's secretary. Morace says that Blake is Cheever's least likable characters throughout Cheever's stories.
When he leaves his office, he notices his stalker, and wonders why she is following him, but seems distracted by the recent construction and window displays to think about her long enough to worry. For the television adaptation, see. Morace also states that we don't know if these changes Blake experiences will be long lasting or not. Blake is held captive in the train and is showing evident signs of distress, the fact that no one notices shows that others shared his personality. In this story, the oppressed fight back, making a bold statement for the oppressor to see what it felt like.
Blake, is leaving his workplace when he notices a woman he knows, Mrs. In essence, the reader is getting a very standard scene here. If you were Miss Dent, you would have killed Blake??? She sits next to him on the train and threatens to kill him if he doesn't listen to her. He looks up to see it is the woman from before. He dehumanizes them to the point where they are all nameless, each a star on the wall. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. I dreamed on Tuesday of a volcano erupting with blood.
After spending the night together however, Blake has her fired and she is clearly intent on revenge. Dent is greatly affected by Mr. He explores multiple examples of imagery within the story. Wronged by a terribly selfish man, she takes him Blake on a commute home from the office that he will never forget. Blake were so apathetic and insensible to others. He notices his stalker as he leaves his office, and wonders why she is following him, but seems preoccupied by the recent construction and window displays to worry about her for more than a moment. But, Blake saw his own reflection in the plate glass.
She does not care for Blake due to the way he treats his wife. This review talks about the plot and about the character Blake. Blake is escorted off the train at gunpoint by Miss Dent, who urges him to continue away from the train station and leads him towards a freight house. She had been his secretary whom he slept with a consequently fired. She then turns and walks back to the train station. The daughter of Maine Supreme Court Justice Sidney Thaxter, her acting talent came from her mother's side, who was a one-time Shakespearean actress. Blake begins to get scared and he tries to think of ways to escape.