What is the mood in the beginning of the story in "A Christmas Memory"?

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At the very beginning, the mood is analytical, but sympathetic, as if memories were being examined. The analytical side of the mood comes from the hypothetical suggestions in the first lines: "Imagine a morning…" "Consider the kitchen…" Capote doesn’t put us there immediately; he methodically invites us in. The scene he evokes then suggests sympathy for the characters through the details of the description: " A woman with shorn white hair is standing at the kitchen window. She is wearing tennis shoes and a shapeless gray sweater over a summery calico dress. She is small and sprightly, like a bantam hen; but, due to a long youthful illness, her shoulders are pitifully hunched." That's very specific, and we have reason to pity her, but the distance keeps us somewhat uninvolved.


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