By referring to the incidents in the story, state how dusk is said to be an hour of defeated.

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The story "Dusk" by Saki illustrates the defeated. It is at this time where

many unconsidered figures moving silently through the half-light, or dotted unobtrusively on bench and chair, scarcely to be distinguished from the shadowed gloom in which they sat.

The story shows the figures around Gortsby as alienated and indistinguishable from the impending darkness which surrounds them.

The narrator presents Gortsby's feelings about dusk immaculately:

Men and women, who had fought and lost, who hid their fallen fortunes and dead hopes as far as possible from the scrutiny of the curious, came forth in this hour of gloaming, when their shabby clothes and bowed shoulders and unhappy eyes might pass unnoticed, or, at any rate, unrecognised.

Dusk brings out the defeated. Dusk brings out those who have no place in the light. Dusk is a place for those who have been shunned, been forgotten, been defeated. It was only in the dusk that defeated people could find "pleasure sadly in a pleasure-ground that had emptied of its rightful occupants." In essence, dusk is the only thing which embraces the defeated.

The most telling example of defeat happens in the following:

On the bench by his side sat an elderly gentleman with a drooping air of defiance that was probably the remaining vestige of self-respect in an individual who had ceased to defy successfully anybody or anything.

The depiction of the man shows the ultimate power of the dusk.


ravinderrana | Student

 Dusk is truly an hour of the defeated. All the action in the story takes place at this time.The three characters meet in Hyde Park when dusk had fallen. It is through the atmosphere of Dusk that the author creates the pessimistic view of the characters. Dusk represents the cynical and disillusioned attitude of the people who have fallen fortunes and have lost all hopes in life. Such people come to the park only at dusk to avoid being noticed and and the same time to give vent to their frustration and despair.

Dusk is the appropriate time which prepares the readers for some suspense. The dark and gloomy hour provides an excuse to the young man, a confidence trickster-  to play upon Gortsby's sympathies as he tries to convince him that he has fallen victim to a strange problem and that he has no money to spend a night in London and no relatives to bank upon, unless someone takes pity on him.

 It is because of the dusk that Gortsby fails to notice the circumstantial evidence the cake of soap lying under the bench, forcing him to make mistakes twice in the story.

anaghabv | Student

dusk is an hour of defeated because only the defeated people come there to the embankment at that particular time. also these defeated people doesn't want their shabby clothes, bowed shoulder to be noticed by successful people