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In "The Sniper", at what time of day is the story set?

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"The Sniper" is set just after sunset, on a moonlit night in Dublin in 1922. 

The primary way in which the time of day factors into the story is the manner in which the titular sniper is targeted by the opposing sniper, who turns out to be his brother. The Republican sniper has gone the entire day without eating or really taking a break, and he wants to do so now. He eats, then decides whether or not he should risk smoking. Lighting the match might give away his position, but he decides the risk is worth it. As he expected, the match is targeted by the enemy sniper, and his position is revealed. Fortunately for the Republican sniper, the flash from the other sniper's rifle is visible as well, so he at least knows where the other one is. 

The downside to this is that there is enough light for the enemy sniper to see the Republican sniper if he makes himself visible on the rooftop, which prevents him from escaping.

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