The two people seem to be in the middle of nowhere. The hot, barren setting with the bleached mountains in the background is nearly surrealistic. This is a junction. They are waiting to transfer to the train to Madrid.
It was very hot and the express train from Barcelona would come in forty minutes. It stopped at this junction for two minutes and went on to Madrid.
This information adds drama and suspense to the story. It provides what editors call a "ticking clock." Time is of the essence. Once they board that train to Madrid they are committed to doing what they have been talking about--finding an abortionist in Spain's major city, where they have the best chance of...
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