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The ending of “Dusk” revolves around two interrelated ironies, both of which stem from Norman Gortsby’s condescending behavior and egocentric worldview. These interrelated ironies offer the reader...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017, 11:06 pm (UTC)

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According to a Wikipedia article on Saki which references an essay by Dominic Hibberd in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Saki was a Tory and somewhat reactionary in his views. This...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013, 9:46 pm (UTC)

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Gortsby believes the young man is lying and is trying to con him out of money. He believes himself a good judge of people, and, after listening to the young man's story, confronts him with the...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011, 4:08 am (UTC)

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"Dusk" is a short story written by British short story writer and satirist Hector Hugh Munro, most commonly known by his pen name Saki and occasionally known by H. H. Munro. It was originally...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 1:33 pm (UTC)

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In the story "Dusk" there is irony. It is ironic that the main character, who believes himself to be a good judge of character, gets deceived by the young man who shared the park bench with him....

Latest answer posted May 26, 2012, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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The title of Saki's short story,"Dusk," is appropriate given the setting of the story. Norman Gortsby, the protagonist of the story, defines dusk as "the hour of the defeated." Given that Norman is...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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Norman Gortsby sits on a park bench at dusk, a time when, in his estimation, individuals who have experienced defeat in their lives can sojourn unrecognized. An elderly gentleman sits nexts to...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010, 4:17 pm (UTC)

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This question has been asked and answered many times here on eNotes. Here is a comprehensive link for you: http://www.enotes.com/dusk-saki/q-and-a/tags/title

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011, 3:49 am (UTC)

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Norman Gortsby sits on a park bench in the Park where he comes at dusk. After an older gentleman leaves, a young man plunks himself down, uttering an expletive. "You don't seem in a very good...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015, 12:56 pm (UTC)

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The young man who sits beside Norman Gortsby is acting angry for Gortsby's benefit. "You don't seem in a very good temper," said Gortsby, judging that he was expected to take due notice of the...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2013, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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Norman Gortsby is a young man who apparently has a good job in some office in London. He is not married. Otherwise he would have gone home instead of sitting on a park bench at "thirty minutes past...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2016, 7:46 am (UTC)

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The actual expression is "willful carelessness" and is spoken by Norman Gortsby. He's in conversation with a young man who appears to be spinning him a shaggy-dog story about the hotel in which he...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019, 11:27 am (UTC)

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One significant fact about the young man is that he is young. This suggests that he is inexperienced as a con artist. He is intelligent and probably has expensive tastes. He has gotten the notion...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2013, 11:42 pm (UTC)

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In literature conflict is either internal (caused within the character), or external. Out of the external conflicts there are four distinct types that serve as catalysts which help the plot move...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2012, 4:34 pm (UTC)

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The answer to your question can be found at the beginning of the story as we are introduced to Norman Gortsby and also, thanks to the third-person-limited point of view, given access to his...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2011, 7:15 pm (UTC)

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The author establishes that Norman Gortsby is accustomed to sitting on a bench in this park at dusk and watching the passing crowd. Gortsby must have heard many hard-luck stories on these evenings....

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016, 11:52 pm (UTC)

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In Saki’s short story “Dusk,” Norman Gortsby sits on a park bench as evening arrives. As he sits on the bench, he is joined by two different men. Gortsby considers dusk to be the time of day when...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016, 1:18 am (UTC)

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The elderly gentleman is described from Gortsby's point of view: On the bench by his side sat an elderly gentleman with a drooping air of defiance that was probably the remaining vestige of...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013, 11:25 am (UTC)

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Yes. In Saki's "Dusk," after Grotsky hands the young man a sovereign and his card, he reflects, Poor boy, he as nearly as possible broke down....I don't wonder either; the relief from this...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2010, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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Gortsby is one of life's observers. He likes nothing better than to engage in a spot or two of people-watching. From his exalted position on a park bench, he enjoys casting his Olympian gaze over...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018, 9:16 am (UTC)

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The cake of soap obviously belongs to the elderly gentleman, but there are several questions it raises. For one thing, Gortsby found the soap and gave it to the young man who had told him the...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2013, 7:57 pm (UTC)

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The title of course refers to the particular time in which this ironic story takes place, as it occurs at "thirty minutes past six on an early March evening" with dusk having fallen "heavily" over...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2011, 7:38 pm (UTC)

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The main irony in "Dusk" has to do with Norman Gortsby's self-deception and subsequent enlightenment. As the story begins he is sitting on a park bench observing the passing parade of humanity and...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2013, 10:06 pm (UTC)

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“The Umbrella Man” and “Dusk” have one striking thing in common. The two tricksters obtain money by posing as men who don’t need money. The message in both stories seems to be that charity is...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013, 10:21 pm (UTC)

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"Dusk" is told by an omniscient third-person narrator through Norman Gortsby's point of view. He is sitting on a park bench watching people. This would seem to characterize him as something of a...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2013, 8:08 pm (UTC)

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To me, the main theme of this story is that people are not able to really know what is in the hearts of the other people that they meet. I think that this is why the story is entitled "Dusk" --...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2010, 1:42 pm (UTC)

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Twilight, or dusk, is that moment in which day and night are suspended. Caught between two realms, dusk is the time of illusion when things may not seem what they are. And, it is this "gloaming...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2012, 5:50 am (UTC)

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If you want to take the position that the young stranger who sat down beside Norman Gortsby had just made up his hard-luck story on the spur of the moment, there are several clues you can offer....

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016, 3:26 pm (UTC)

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In this satirical short story of Saki's, Norman Gortsby is an unsympathetic, cynical observer of the elderly gentleman "with a drooping air of defiance" who sits on the park bence by his side. As...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012, 12:17 am (UTC)

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The young man who tries to con Gortsby with a hard-luck story about losing his hotel appears to be a novice criminal. For one thing, he is "young," so he could not have had much experience. For...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2014, 2:24 pm (UTC)

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"Dusk" is another classic story by Saki with a twist in its ending that surprises us all. However, your question relates to the initial paragraph, which builds up a description of the scene and...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2011, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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Norman Gortsby always prided himself on his incredible ability to read people. As he sits on a park bench in Hyde Park each evening, he watches the massed ranks of humanity going by and jumps to...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2020, 10:39 am (UTC)

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H.H. Munro's short story "Dusk" tells of the protagonist's, Norman Gortsby, decision to help out a seemly down on his luck young man. The young man has no money and has forgotten what hotel he is...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018, 1:38 pm (UTC)

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The young man that replaces the old gentleman who seems so defeated by the vicissitudes of life on the bench is described as being "fairly well dressed" but having the same depressed and browbeaten...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2011, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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It should be noted that the young man presents a sharp contrast to the other people Gortsby has been observing. He muses: Dusk, to his mind, was the hour of the defeated. Men and women, who had...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2013, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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Gortsby learned what he thought he already knew. Don't be too trusting. Gortsby in his own cynicism was already on to people like the young man. Still, the young man tricked Gortsby into giving him...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011, 2:18 am (UTC)

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Perhaps this would be a good place to try to explain exactly what the young man claims happened to him, since it seems pretty odd for a person to lose a hotel. The young man says he "came up this...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013, 11:03 pm (UTC)

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Norman Gortsby, a sophisticated, cynical and skeptical young Londoner, is sitting on a park bench observing people, including an elderly gentleman seated beside him. Most of the men and women who...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2013, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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Saki seems to be deliberately leaving the ending of "Dusk" with an open question. Apparently the young stranger was a fledgling con artist who got a sovereign and a cake of soap from Gortsby by the...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2013, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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These lines are descriptive of Gortsby's perception of the elderly gentleman who sits alongside him on the park bench in the "gloaming hour." Taking a rather cynical point of view regarding the...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011, 5:50 pm (UTC)

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The young man in Saki's story seems to be a novice as a confidence trickster. He gives the impression of being from a middle-class background and currently unemployed. He seems to have gotten the...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2014, 7:33 am (UTC)

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The young man is not really in a bad mood but is only putting on an act in order to attract Norman Gortsby's attention and start a conversation. This act would seem to be a bit of reverse...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2014, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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The young man who sits down beside Norman Gortsby tells him a complicated hard-luck story with the intention of asking him for a "loan" to enable him to rent a hotel room overnight. According to...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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This is a good question. If I had been Norman Gortsby at his age, I probably would have done as he did. But if I had been Norman Gortsby at my present age, I wouldn't have given the young stranger...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2013, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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Gortsby is in a gloomy mood. He is observing the passers-by who seem to have waited for this time of day to come outside. Dusk, to his mind, was the hour of the defeated. Men and women, who had...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2013, 5:03 pm (UTC)

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What a great question. I believe the short story "Dusk," by Saki has its title for a two-fold reason. The setting is around 6:30 on a March evening in Hyde Park: dusk. But more importantly, I...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018, 11:31 pm (UTC)

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YES. The cynical Gortsby who "take(s)...cynical pleasure in observing and labelling his fellow wanderers" derives a certain amusement from the young man's tale and evaluates it accordingly. That...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013, 2:04 am (UTC)

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The story takes place at dusk. This is the time of day when it is just getting dark. The significance of the time of day is that the defeated people come out at dusk. It is a time of day when the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2012, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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The young man who tells about losing his hotel room in Saki's "Dusk" is trying to cheat Gortsby out of some money. The elderly gentleman who sells the narrator's mother an umbrella is not cheating...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013, 11:04 pm (UTC)

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The setting of the short story "Dusk" is Edwardian London; specifically, Hyde Park. When is starts to get dark, the protagonist Norman Gortsby likes nothing more than to sit on a bench and watch...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019, 9:16 am (UTC)

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