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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

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

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

"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

The entire story of "The Demon Lover" is a buildup to the ending, when the titular demon lover, disguised as a taxi driver, apprehends Kathleen Drover and drives away with her. Although it is meant...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2021, 4:48 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

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

We never actually find out exactly what promise Mrs. Drover made to her soldier twenty-five years before the action of “The Demon Lover” begins, but we can infer what it may have been. Mrs. Drover...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2021, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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The Demon Lover

Dramatic irony is when the audience knows more about a situation than the characters in the story do. A great example of this would be the typical horror movie scenario in which a character enters...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2021, 11:30 am (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 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

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

Because Mrs. Drover is the only character in the story as it unfolds, we have no way to verify if what she is experiencing is real or a figment of her imagination, but the story offers us enough...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2021, 11:56 am (UTC)

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The Demon Lover

Foreshadowing is a literary technique that gives the reader some preparation or hint of what might be coming later on in the story. Examples of foreshadowing in "The Demon Lover" start in the first...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2021, 12:44 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

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

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

Elizabeth Bowen’s short story “The Demon Lover” is full of descriptive details. Right from the start, there is something peculiar about the atmosphere. Consider how the narrator describes the...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021, 9:40 pm (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

Based on characterization and foreshadowing, it seems likely that the driver of the taxi at the end of "The Demon Lover" is Kathleen's former fiancé. Twenty-five years prior to this day, Kathleen...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2021, 12:30 pm (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

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

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

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

When Kathleen Drover first realizes that there is a letter for her on the hall table, she is merely annoyed. Her feelings of annoyance shift to reflect a sense of alarm and apprehension as she...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2021, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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The Demon Lover

Mrs. Drover returns to her London townhome, boarded up against the Nazi blitz, and finds a letter without postage dropped on the hall table. It is from her former beloved, K., who went missing and...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2021, 12:25 pm (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

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

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

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

To understand why the house and neighborhood are empty, we need to understand the context of the story. Bowen has set the story in London during the Second World War. From history, we know that...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2018, 8:31 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

Mrs. Drover, hoping to escape what she fears is her appointment with the demon lover, decides to move from her deserted street to a nearby busy thoroughfare and find a taxi before the clock tolls...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2021, 11:32 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 looks into the mirror after reading the letter from her former lover. She sees nothing more than her own reflection, but the passage is significant for two reasons. Firstly, it gives...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2021, 11:20 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

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

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

Based on the mood the author creates in "The Demon Lover," as well as the inclusion of mysterious flashbacks, readers might interpret this as a ghost story. The characterization of Kathleen's...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2021, 3:01 pm (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

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

In "The Demon Lover," the author begins by describing Mrs. Drover's London house as "shut-up." In the second paragraph, she elaborates on this by showing that the family abandoned the house rather...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2021, 11:45 am (UTC)

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The Demon Lover

In "The Demon Lover," Bowen uses description to convey the idea that Mrs. Drover's house has been empty for some time. This begins in the second paragraph of the story when Bowen describes the...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018, 7:18 am (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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