Why is Mrs. Drover at her home in London?

The story is set in London, 1940.

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Mrs. Drover is at her home in London to fetch some family belongings and to check on her house. Currently, Mrs. Drover and her family are staying in the country.

Since the war began, frequent bomb attacks have wrecked many houses in the city. So, Mrs. Drover is curious to see whether her house still remains. On another level, she also feels dissatisfied with what she considers the negligent habits of the part-time caretaker she has hired. This is why Mrs. Drover feels that she must check on her house periodically.

At the house, Mrs. Drover discovers that the last bombing has left some cracks in the structure of the house. She finds this fact disturbing but understands that she can do no repairs until the war is over.

To retrieve the family belongings, Mrs. Drover goes upstairs. Accordingly, the items are in a bedroom chest. There, she makes up a number of parcels for her sons, her husband, and her sister. So, Mrs. Drover does accomplish most of what she sets out to do. The only thing that eludes her is the ability to escape the grasp of her demon lover.

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In "The Demon Lover," Mrs. Drover has returned to her London home to collect some belongings for herself and her family. (They fled this house when the war began and moved out to the country where the German bombs could not reach them.)

Mrs. Drover has clearly not visited this house for some time: it is shuttered, the air is stale, and the remaining possessions are covered in a film of dust. While collecting the items she requires, Mrs. Drover notices that somebody has left a letter for her on the hall table. This letter appears to come from her former fiancé, a soldier who was reported missing during the war, and who has returned to keep an appointment that they made twenty-five years ago. 

Mrs. Drover flees the house with the items she has come to collect, without realizing that she has walked straight into the arms of her demon lover.  

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