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THE GRANDFATHER: It seems to me that his scythe makes as much noise . . .

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THE DAUGHTER: He is moving near the house.

A central theme in the play is death and its ever closer approach. Death is the intruder described throughout the story. The Grandfather can hear death approaching and he fears most for the life of his sick daughter. The Grandfather is the only one who heard the approach of the Grim Reaper. Because he is blind the other characters question the truth of his claims.

THE DAUGHTER: Yes, father; it is moonlight, and I can see the avenue as far as the cypress wood.

THE GRANDFATHER: And you do not see anyone?

THE DAUGHTER: No one, grandfather.

THE UNCLE: What sort of night is it?

THE DAUGHTER: Very fine. Do you hear the nightingales?

THE UNCLE: Yes, yes.

THE DAUGHTER: A little wind is rising in the avenue.

THE GRANDFATHER: A little wind in the avenue?

THE DAUGHTER: Yes; the trees are trembling a little.

This quote highlights some of the imagery used in the play. The Grandfather often asks the Daughter to describe the things she sees to him. He will ask her follow up questions to gain a better understanding of their surroundings. Often his sense of the environment through sound and gut instinct does not align with what she describes.

THE GRANDFATHER: I do not look at these things as you others do.

THE UNCLE: You ought to rely on us, then, who can see. She looked very well this afternoon. She is sleeping quietly now; and we are not going to spoil, without any reason, the first comfortable evening that luck has thrown in our way. . . . It seems to me we have a...

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