The Possibility of Evil by Shirley Jackson

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How does the atmosphere at the beginning of the story help to emphasize the ending in "The Possibility of Evil" by Shirley Jackson?

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At the beginning of the story, everything is peaceful and the atmosphere is celebratory.  

The story begins by describing a lovely walk on a beautiful day.  Miss Strangeworth is described as stepping “daintily” and taking deep breaths on a “fragrant” summer day.

The sun was shining, the air was fresh and clear...

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