French-sounding names like Bobinot, Bibi, Calixta, and Alcee help us locate the setting of the story in southern Louisiana, which is Creole country. Likewise, at one point, Calixta addresses Alcee as "M'sieur," the French word for "Mister." The sheer heat described in the story also helps us to locate the setting in the American South, as does the fact that these characters speak English (so we know the story is not set in France). Further, this area of the country is suggested by Calixta's accent and manner of speaking. For example, she refers to the rain by saying, "If this keeps up, Dieu sait if the levees goin' to stan it!" The French words, again, suggest Creole characters, as does her accent. Moreover, Alcee does refer directly to a place called Assumption, and there is an Assumption Parish in Louisiana down near the "toes" in the boot shape of the state, the area of the state where Creole communities were most common at the turn of the twentieth century. This reference to a place where Alcee and Calixta once were is the only real direct reference to setting that we get. However, as I've shown, there are lots of indirect suggestions about the place and even time.