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The delightful short story "Dusk" told in Saki's typical style of irony and surprise, brings to mind two important points: the hubris of the wealthy at that period of England's history, and the...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 11:18 pm UTC

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This story also connects with the idea of hope: when Gortsby becomes convinced that the stranger is really a young aristocrat from the country, Gortsby rushes after him to give him some money,...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2014 11:52 pm UTC

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Saki's short story "Dusk" presents people in a park who partake in that time of day that is neither day nor night. In this "gloaming" period they pass along the walks unnoticed. On the bench...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2011 12:41 am UTC

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The dusk, or twilight, and the cake of soap contribute to the lesson of Saki's "Dusk" in two ways: 1. Both the dusk,"the hour of the defeated" and the cake of soap are symbolic of Norman Grotsby's...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2012 4:58 pm UTC

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In "Dusk," the main character Gortsby was sitting in Hyde Park of London. It was about 6:30 in the evening, right before dark. Gortsby's philosophy was that those who are defeated come out at dusk,...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2012 8:54 pm UTC

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Such an ending would clearly rob this brilliant short story of much of its satirical irony. If Gortsby had not found the soap, then he would have been left to conclude that he was right in the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 10:53 pm UTC

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"Dusk" is another one of Saki's darkly ironic tales. The protagonist, Gortsby, spends the duration of the story observing people scurrying about at dusk. He thinks of most of the people whom he...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009 4:01 am 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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The young man's story was cleverly constructed and carefully rehearsed. The fact that he couldn't produce the cake of soap to substantiate it was his one mistake. There is one especially clever...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2013 7:36 pm UTC

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The young man who sits down on the bench beside Norman Gortsby tells him that he couldn't find his hotel after going out to buy a cake of soap. Since he had left most of his money in his hotel...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2016 1:36 pm UTC

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Dusk is defined as the darkest period of twilight. According to the narrator of Saki's story "Dusk," the time was about six-thirty in early March. At that time of day and at that time of the year...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2016 2:42 pm UTC

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As is typical of Saki, there is a subtle irony to his story, "Dusk," in which a complacent, yet heart-weary Norman Grotsby rests on a park bench in the Park in London at twilight. The scene...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010 5:41 am UTC

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Saki opens his story "Dusk" with a description of the poor people who come out after dark because they are ashamed to show themselves by daylight. They are described from the protagonist Norman...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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The bulk of the action in this story takes place on a park bench just to the left of Hyde Park Corner in London. When the characters migrate from this bench, it is only to walk slightly further...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016 3:12 pm UTC

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The short story "Dusk" by Saki opens with a man named Gortsby sitting on a park bench at dusk, contemplating the type of people around him in the park at that time of day. An elderly man next to...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 5:13 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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At first reading it would appear that Norman Gortsby was cheated out of the sovereign by the young man who claimed he had forgotten the name of his hotel and couldn't find the place. But there is a...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2012 7:11 pm UTC

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The title "Dusk" seems quite appropriate for Saki's story for several reasons. Obviously, it creates a mood associated with the setting. Most importantly, however, is the fact that dusk is the time...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2013 10:24 pm UTC

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Given that you did not specify which passage, this answer will address numerous passages and the qualities present in the protagonist for each passage. Saki's short story "Dusk" tells of Norman...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 6:40 pm UTC

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Titling his story "Dusk" and beginning it with a description of dusk gives the setting a universal quality. Dusk is a time rather than a place. Dusk occurs everywhere all around the globe, so...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2014 3:56 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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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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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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Norman Gortsby is probably in his mid-twenties. Saki wanted him to be young because the moral of the story is conveyed by Gortsby's painful learning experience. He is not a wealthy gentleman of...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2013 2:45 am UTC

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This is an interesting question. It is a very strange coincidence that both the old man and the young man claim to have lost a cake of soap. It is hard to see how they could have been accomplices,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2013 11:27 pm UTC

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The setting must have been very important to Saki for this particular story. He wanted the reader to feel the mood of a city at that particular time, when the day's activities were at an end and...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2013 12:56 pm 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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In Norman Gortsby, Saki created a character who would serve to illustrate his moral, which is that charity is often a mistake. Gortsby is young. He has a lot to learn about life and people,...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2013 8:55 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 title of Saki's short story "Dusk" can be looked at as appropriate to the movement and setting of the story. Given that the story takes place at six o'clock on a March night, light is fleeting....

Latest answer posted November 4, 2011 7:47 am UTC

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In "Dusk," Gortsby feels that the time of day known as dusk is the hour of defeated people. People who live defeated lives come out at dusk. It is a time of day when they will not be recognized...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2012 6:07 pm UTC

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It certainly seems apparent that the young man was showing his temper just to attract Gortsby's attention and get him to listen to a con artist's story about not being able to find his hotel and...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2012 7:56 pm UTC

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One poet wrote that twilight, or dusk, is a time of other worldliness, for it is that vague space between time, being neither day nor night. In twilight there is a suspension of the world and of...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010 6:23 am UTC

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When the story of "Dusk" opens, the setting is a park. The main character Gortsby is sitting on a park bench. He is noticing the defeated who come out at dusk, the time of day when no one will...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2012 6:10 pm UTC

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It appears that the young man's emotional reaction may have been part of his act. The text tells us that, after the brief show of emotion, he quickly blurts out a word or two of thanks before he...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2016 7:36 pm UTC

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Saki does not share physical characteristics about Norman Gortsby in his story “Dusk.” Everything in the story is seen through Gortsky’s thoughts and feelings although he is not the narrator of...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012 6:28 am UTC

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The young man who comes and sits beside Norman Gortsby is obviously practicing to be a con artist. Gortsby proves this when he listens to the hard-luck story and then tells him: "Of course," said...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 1:06 pm UTC

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Vera asks Framton Nuttel the initial set of questions in order to determine the likelihood of having a bit of fun with a seemingly nervous hypochondriac. As Vera entertains the new guest, she is...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015 8:09 pm UTC

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The story opens with Norman Gortsby sitting on a bench in a park in London. It is early March and dusk is setting in, and this pleases Gortsby who sees dusk as "the hour of the defeated" when men...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011 12:05 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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Saki describes the setting and the atmosphere in the opening paragraph of his story. It was some thirty minutes past six on an early March evening, and dusk had fallen heavily over the scene, dusk...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013 12:13 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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In Saki's short story "Dusk," the narrator details the fact that "Dusk, to his mind, was the hour of the defeated." By stating this, one can assume that those who come out at dusk are those who are...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2011 2:17 am UTC

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Dusk centers on a series of interactions in Hyde park in London between Norman Gortsby (whose perspective the story follows), an old man, and a young man. Norman sees the old man sitting on the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019 10:18 pm UTC

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My best suggestion for you is that you should use Google maps to look at the location of this story. All you have to do to use it is go to Google.com and click on the "maps" link. (Or follow the...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2010 11:37 pm UTC

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The title of "Dusk" for Saki's story is indeed appropriate on both the literal and the figurative levels. For, it defines the setting which is at twilight, the time when the defeated come to the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2011 5:53 pm UTC

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Dusk is used first to establish a mood. It is the time when the day ends and the night takes over. Daytime is busy. Nighttime is relaxed. No doubt the viewpoint character has put in a long day at...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013 11:44 pm UTC

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In “Dusk,” the young man who sits down on the bench next to Norman Gortsby spins a yarn about forgetting the name and location of the hotel where he is staying. The reason he gives is that he had...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 11:40 pm UTC

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The term "jostling" was probably an accurate description of many of London's streets. Saki was born in 1870, long before automobiles were even thought of. Many streets in big cities were not even...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2014 7:10 pm UTC

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It is interesting to compare the three characters in Saki's "Dusk" with the three characters in Dahl's "The Umbrella Man." In "Dusk" all three characters-- Gortsby, the young con man, and the...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2014 12:05 am UTC

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