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Meeting at Night

Meeting at Night


by Robert Browning

Analysis: Setting

Where It All Goes Down

Imagine the first scene of a brand new movie. The point of view is first person, and it's like you're inside the main character's head, looking out. You have no idea who this person is, or what is going on. It is clear, however, the scene is changing rather quickly. You soon realize that this is because the person whose point of view you share is moving rather quickly.

You first notice that it is nighttime, and that there's a bright yellow moon. The scene shifts, and you notice that there are waves lapping against a boat. Suddenly, like something out of science fiction or a cartoon, they momentarily start to resemble flames. Before you can fully register the situation, you hear a sound, and notice that you're in a boat that is pulling in to some sort of cove.

You hear the sound of a boat being pulled onto the sand. The speakers starts to cross a really long beach, then enters a small wooded area before crossing a field, then another field, and finally another. Suddenly, a "farm appears" and you see a hand tapping on a window pane. A woman appears, and lights a match. You hear a deafening sound of beating hearts.

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