What is the falling action of Elizabeth Bowen's "The Demon Lover?" 

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A short story contains five parts: the exposition (or introduction), the rising action, the climax, the falling action (or denouement), and the conclusion (or resolution). The exposition introduces the setting (time and place), characters, and the climate/mood. The rising action follows the initial introduction of conflict and builds towards the climax. The climax is the turning point, or decisive moment, of the text. The falling action leads to the conclusion, tying up loose ends as it progresses. The conclusion is the part of the text which provides a complete wrap-up of the text (in normal cases). 

The falling action of Elizabeth Bowen's "The Demon Lover" takes place following the interlocking of Mrs. Drover's and the taxi driver's eyes. This is found in the final paragraph, and not much happens after.The rising action and conclusion happen rather quickly, all in the final look between the couple and Mrs. Drover's screams. Everything prior to the locking of the couple's eyes takes place in order to bring Mrs. Drover to sit in the taxi and see the driver. 

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