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What is the setting in the story "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver?

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The action of this story is set in the narrator’s home, a suburban house in the USA. Conversations take place between the narrator and his wife in their living room and in the kitchen; and between the narrator, his wife, and Robert (the blind man) on the porch and in the living room. From the clues in the story, we know that the location of this house is five hours by train from Connecticut:

So he was visiting the dead wife’s relatives in Connecticut. He called my wife from his in-law’s. Arrangements were made. He would come by train, a five-hour trip, and my wife would meet him at the station.

We also know that the train trip includes a “scenic ride along the Hudson.” So we can conclude from these clues that the story is likely set in upstate New York.

In addition to the physical setting, we can also consider the time that the story is set in. There are a few clues in the story about the time that the story is set. The first is that the characters discuss the difference between...

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