As with much of his work, Robert Frost sets his poem "Out, Out—" somewhere in rural New England. In lines four and five Frost indicates that the boy is working in Vermont with five mountain ranges in view. The mountains include the Appalachian Mountains, which extend in one form or another all the way from Georgia to Maine, and the Green Mountains, an extension of the Appalachians. The setting may have included Mount Mansfield, the highest point in the state. Frost also tells us it is late in the day:
Call it a day, I wish they might have said
To please the boy by giving him the half hour
That a boy counts so much when saved from work
The beautiful setting and fact that he is described as a "boy" contrasts with the hard work he is doing. The rural setting also contributes to the boy's death as the doctor probably had to come from far away. Frost writes, "The doctor when he comes." The setting may also reveal something of the hard nature of country life. The people around the boy seem to take his death in a matter-of-fact way because they also have work to do. Frost writes,
...And they, since they
Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.