What is the introduction of Elizabeth Bowen's "The Demon Lover?"

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An introduction contains a text's setting (time and place), main characters, and an introduction to what is happening. In regards to Elizabeth Bowen's "The Demon Lover," the story takes place in in London. As the story opens, the narrator states that it is late in August and raining. The main character, Mrs. Drover, is at her house looking through all of the belongings of her family. The home has been locked up for a while (noted by the "dead air" which rushes forward as she opens the door to the house). The introduction ends as the conflict is introduced. For Mrs. Drover, the conflict she faces is internal--she is "perplexed" by everything surrounding her.  As her conflict deepens, the story moves into the rising action.