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The Demon Lover

In "The Demon Lover," Bowen uses the war as a backdrop to the story and this contributes to the gloomy and depressing mood. Mrs Drover's family, for example, have left the house and moved to the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 7:39 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

A major theme of the story is war. It is set during the Second World War, in the aftermath of an aerial bombardment in London. The Drovers have relocated to the country to escape, but Mrs Drover is...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2013 2:52 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Although the ending of “The Demon Lover” is somewhat ambiguous, the driver’s identity is linked to Kathleen Drover’s ex-fiancé. Twenty-five years after he was presumed dead, Kathleen discovers a...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2017 7:30 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

After Mrs. Drover leaves the house, a lone taxi pulls up to pick her up. The text tells us that Mrs. Drover walks to the main road after she leaves the house. At the busy thoroughfare, a taxi pulls...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 2:39 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

In the short story, "The Demon Lover," by Elizabeth Bowen, Kathleen, the protagonist, finds herself questioning the promise her fiancee made twenty-five years earlier. The promise is that "I shall...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018 12:39 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Imagery is description that uses the five senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. In "The Demon Lover," Bowen uses visual images as the story opens to offer the reader a clear view of the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019 3:43 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Elizabeth Bowen's "The Demon Lover" is a complex story that can be read as a psychological thriller, a ghost story, or a murder mystery. And though readers and critics alike debate Bowen's...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2010 8:06 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

An interesting detail from the lovers' last encounter is the cut of the button on the soldier's uniform as it presses against Mrs. Drover's hand. Although just about everything else to do with that...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 10:12 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

There are a couple of reasons why the appearance of the letter at Mrs. Drover's house is unexpected. Firstly, given that the house is boarded up and the windows shuttered, it does not make sense...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018 8:03 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

When Mrs. Kathleen Drover discovered the mysterious letter on the table in her hallway, she did not know who it was from or what it was about. She saw that the letter was "addressed to her." The...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 5:12 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

"The Demon Lover" took place in London, England during the early 1940s. Mrs. Drover arrived in her London neighborhood to find it greatly damaged by the German bombings. She noticed that the...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 4:09 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

Based on the last meeting, Mrs. Drover's former fiance appears to be a possessive and domineering man. Before he leaves for the war, he makes Mrs. Drover promise to wait for him; he does not...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 6:11 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

The ballad is a form of poetic verse that tells a story (a narrative). Ballads were stories set to music and meant to be danced to. Typically, a ballad has four-line stanzas (quatrains) and has a...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 4:05 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Londoners faced terror and devastation from the Blitz. For weeks straight and over a period of years, bombs were dropped by German planes over London. Many people fled to the countryside. The...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2016 5:50 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

I assume your question is referring to how Mrs. Drover reacts after reading the mysterious letter and then the flashback where she remembers the last time she saw her "Demon Lover". Initially her...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010 10:28 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

One could argue that the overriding theme of the story is the impossibility of escaping one's past. That's what Katherine has tried to do ever since a former lover of hers died during World War I....

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 3:56 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

The moral of the story—it's not actually a ballad—is that one can't escape from the past, no matter how hard one tries. That's the dire predicament that Kathleen, the story's protagonist, finds...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 7:54 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

The flashback in this sinister and disturbing short story provides many details that should make the alert reader sit up and predict a terrifying ending for poor Mrs. Drover. Notice the almost...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2010 10:12 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

Mrs. Drover returned to a London that had been badly damaged by bombings. As she walked toward her home, she noticed the "broken chimneys and parapets." In 1940 and 1941, the Nazis bombed London...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 7:29 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

In Elizabeth Bowen's short story, set during World War II, the protagonist, Mrs. Kathleen Drover, has returned from the countryside where she and her family had taken refuge to avoid the bombs...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2015 8:53 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

This is an interesting question, as arguably there is no situational irony in this story. Situational irony is a term used to describe a sudden twist in terms of the ending that we were not...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2011 5:23 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

While the story is never entirely clear, the reader is left to assume that the letter really came from Kathleen's deceased lover. She had made a promise to him twenty-five years before, during the...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 3:08 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Do you mean the poem? If so, note that the conflict concerns a woman who is tempted to forsake husband and child, hearth and home, to run away with a man she is infatuated with.It was a common folk...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2008 6:16 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Mrs. Drover's house appears strange to her because the scene that greets her inside is incongruous with what she sees outside. Essentially, the German bombing campaigns have failed to destroy...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 3:15 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Kathleen Drover, a middle-aged wife and mother of three, recalled when she was engaged as a young woman many years before. Her fiancé was a soldier during World War I. He was a mysterious man....

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 6:30 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

In "The Demon Lover," Mrs. Drover "polished a clear patch" on her dusty mirror so that she could see herself. When she gazed into the mirror, "she was confronted by a woman of forty-­four." The...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 10:01 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

At the beginning of the story, the author describes Mrs. Drover's house as deserted and dilapidated. Because of the bombing, there are a few cracks in the structure and the door is warped. The...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 9:00 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

The falling action of a story typically involves a character's resolving the central conflict or crisis that has driven the story. Sometimes it's helpful to think of the falling action as a way for...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019 8:11 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Elizabeth Bowen’s “The Demon Lover” is an odd story about a woman, Kathleen, who falls in love with a man who does not seem very lovable and who seems to somehow strike a bargain with her to meet...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2015 4:24 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

During the bombing of London in World War II, people were forced to abandon their homes, and Mrs. Drover is one of these people. But one day Mrs. Drover decides to return to her house in order to...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2017 7:42 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

Mrs. Drover was surprised and puzzled to find a letter "addressed to her" on "the hall table" when she arrived at her London home. This letter had no stamp on it. Her house had been vacant and...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 6:46 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

Arguably, Kathleen's strongest memory about saying goodbye to the soldier is the one in which she cut her hand on the breast button of his uniform. We see just how strong and clear this memory was...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 1:41 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

The ballad "The Daemon Lover" is about a woman whose old lover returns after seven long years and attempts to entice her to keep a vow she had made to love him. She protests that she now has a...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 3:22 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

The story begins when Mrs. Drover arrives at her house, which has been not been occupied for some time. She has plans to "look for several things she [wants] to take away." Mrs. Drover and her...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016 8:14 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

Mrs. Drover is at her home in London to fetch some family belongings and to check on her house. Currently, Mrs. Drover and her family are staying in the country. Since the war began, frequent bomb...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2018 5:20 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

As a young woman, Kathleen had been engaged to a soldier in 1916, during World War I. They were supposed to be married when he returned from war. Kathleen was hesitant about marrying this man,...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 7:05 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

The promise that Mrs. Drover made to her fiancé is never made explicit. However, it is possible nonetheless to determine what it might have been. As the young man is about to leave Kathleen and...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019 8:47 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

That's a very good question. I suppose that a feminist analysis of "The Demon Lover" might explore how women's lives are shaped and distorted by men, even men who have long since passed away....

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019 11:02 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

In both these stories, the setting and state of mind of the characters is vital, and indeed, integral to the plot. They also help establish the mood. The settings for either story are rather...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2013 12:38 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

The setting of war adds a sense of unreality to Katherine's life and surroundings. Everything is dark, shut off, and unfamiliar because she and her family left the house to avoid the Blitz. This...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 9:26 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

The Blitz in London had a dramatic impact on the people living there. Many people lost their homes. Even more had homes that were damaged by nearby German bombs. People lived in fear that a bomb...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 10:15 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

In the short story “The Demon Lover” by Elizabeth Bowen, Mrs. Drover returns to her London home in order to collect some things “she wanted to take away [with her].” However, upon entering the...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 2:21 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

Mrs. Drover comes across as a rather anxious, nervous woman. That's not surprising given her unfortunate experiences of life, as well as the ravages of war. In some ways, she seems to have aged...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018 8:25 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

Mrs. Drover and her family locked up their home in London and moved to the countryside to escape the bombings. The only person outside their family to hold a key to their London house was a man who...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 7:39 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

To cope with the mysterious letter from her dead lover, which has arrived without postage in her boarded up London house, left empty because of the bombing of London in World War II, Kathleen...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2017 11:55 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

In the beginning of Elizabeth Bowen's short story "Demon Lover," the protagonist Kathleen Drover shows reluctance at returning to her house in London because the story is set during the middle of...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2015 11:15 pm UTC

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The Demon Lover

It's fair to say that women aren't portrayed in a particularly flattering light in "The Demon Lover." The action concerns an inconstant woman who abandoned her lover for seven long years to head...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 7:07 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

The way that I would want to approach this question would be through discussing the presentation of Mrs. Drover in terms of the appearance that she gives, but also looking at the tantalising hints...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2011 5:31 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

Before answering this question, it is important to remember that the woman - Mrs Drover - does not go willingly with the Demon Lover. In fact, she is actively avoiding this man as we see by her...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2016 10:47 am UTC

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The Demon Lover

This is one of those questions that can be answered by a close reading of the text. If you haven't read the story yet, I highly recommend it; it is super suspenseful and haunting. Near the very...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2009 2:41 pm UTC

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