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What do we learn in exposition of this story?

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What do we learn in exposition of this story?

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Exposition is the background of a story, the setting and time period and essential facts.  In the opening sequence of this story, we learn that it is set in a city during early part of the twentieth century.  We learn that Alfred is a young man with troubles - he is a thief who can't hold down a job.  We also learn that he has shame about this, which suggests there is a reason he is so unstable.  The sets up the conflict - what will Alfred do now and what will Mr. Carr do?

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