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In the Waiting Room

In the Waiting Room

by Elizabeth Bishop

Analysis: Setting

Where It All Goes Down

"In the Waiting Room" takes place in… wait for it… a waiting room.

More specifically, it takes place in the waiting room at a dentist's office. Sound exciting to you? Not really? Actually, the waiting room is kind of an interesting place. There's nothing to do there except, you know, wait. While you're waiting, your mind is free to wander wherever it pleases. Elizabeth's imagination takes her to volcanoes, to space, to an ocean of dark waves. Not too bad for a trip to the dentist, we think.

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