What are the slice of life characteristics in the short story ''A Day's Wait''?Give examples from the story of these characteristics.

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  • Schatz closes the windows because it had gotten cold in the house during the night.
  • Schatz sits by the fireplace for warmth.
  • The doctor arrives to diagnose Schatz. Although unusual today, doctors often made house calls during much of the 20th century.
  • The father read pirate stories to his son while he was sick.
  • The father took his dog for a walk and did some hunting along the way.
  • Both the dog and the man had trouble walking on the slick ice, and both of them fell.
  • The father took the boy's temperature and gave him a glass of water.
  • Schatz misunderstands the temperature reading (confusing Fahrenheit with centigrade), and the father explains to him that his high temperature is actually normal for a bout with the flu.
  • The next day, Schatz slowly began to relax, but "he cried very easily at little things that were of no importance."