In "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," where does the story climax, and what are the falling action and resolution?
The climax of "A Clean Well-Lighted Place" is as quiet and subtle as the story itself. Throughout the story, the young waiter wants to close the cafe early, while the older waiter wants to remain open, at least until their regular closing time. This is the only conflict inherent in the story. The presence of the old man drinking alone on the patio serves to emphasize the young waiter's impatience and lack of understanding in contrast to the older waiter's acquired wisdom in regard to the human condition. This conflict between them is resolved when the younger man finally closes the cafe, and we learn why the older waiter had protested:
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