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How does the setting affect the story "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"?

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The settings of "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" have a decided affect upon the plot and characterization; in fact, it is the most important element of the short story.

1. Poker Flat is a town that is quickly loses its "virtue" and its money because of the presence of certain individuals. Therefore, a committee of the major losers is formed and 

[T]here was a Sabbath lull in the air which, in a settlement unused to Sabbath influences, looked ominous.

This committee casts out the Duchess and Mother Shipton, a madam; Uncle Billy, a drunkard and a thief; and Mr. Oakhurst, a gambler. Ostracized, the party heads for Sandy Bar, a...

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