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In 'The Demon Lover', why have the Drover family left their house in London?

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Posted May 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM via web

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In 'The Demon Lover', why have the Drover family left their house in London?

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 10, 2013 at 6:28 PM (Answer #1)

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We are not expressly told why the Drovers left, but it is easy enough to work out from the information we are given. The story is set in the time of the Second World War - 1941, to be precise. At this time many mainland British towns and cities were liable to be bombed, so that families would evacuate to the countryside. Mrs Drover has returned after a recent bombardment to collect some family belongings from their old residence.

The streets around the house are more or less deserted, which would not be the case, particularly on a sunny summer afternoon, in normal times. They also bear the signs of war-devastation; and Mrs Drover notes of her own old residence that 'There were some cracks in the structure, left by the last bombing, on which she was anxious to keep an eye.' Her own house, then, has not escaped damage, and it could be said that the cracked house also reflects her own somewhat troubled state of mind.

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