External curcumstance can be deceptive.  Discuss this with reference to the story "Dusk."

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This story is about the main character, Norman Gortsby, getting fooled by a con artist.  Because of that, the story is really all about someone looking at external circumstances and being deceived by those circumstances.

When the con man comes to the park bench, he seems rather different from the old man who had just been there.  He is better dressed and he does not seem resigned like the old man did.  This makes Gortsby more likely to believe him -- it makes him seem like someone who could have forgotten where his hotel was.

Then, of course, you can argue that the bar of soap itself is a deceptive external circumstance.

At any rate, we human beings often misunderstand what is before our eyes, just as Gortsby does in this story.

honeydzire | Student

Outwardly appearances are many times deceptive. It is not always correct to make judgment about anything by its exterior appearance. One cant find the real worth of any one just by seeing his external appearances. Not all who looks decent outside are decent inside too.One should be judged only by their characters and not by their outward appearance. In real life situation, many crooks, by their outward attitude and behavior, make themselves appear to be gentlemen and noble people. That is why there is a famous proverb saying “All that glitters is not gold”.