What is the importance of the setting of "Winter Dreams" and how does it create atmosphere or mood in the story? Give examples of the settings and describe the mood.

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"Winter Dreams " is, in part, about the illusory nature of beauty and the difference between beauty and reality. It's set primarily at a Sherry Island country club and in the nearby town of Black Bear, Minnesota. Fitzgerald uses setting to emphasize the allure—and emptiness—of the "glittering things" Dexter prizes so much. For example, Dexter's initial meeting with Judy takes place on the Sherry Island golf course, an artificial landscape that is nonetheless subject to the ravages of winter. He feels a "profound melancholy—it offended him that the links should lie in enforced fallowness, haunted by ragged sparrows for the long season." The artificial beauty of the course is mirrored by the beauty of Judy, who, like the course emerging from the snow, is "beautifully ugly as little girls are apt to be who are destined after a few years to be inexpressibly lovely and bring no end of misery to a great number of men." Judy's beauty—her desirability as an object—is again matched by...

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