TITLE: the letters weren’t meant for Enoch but he and his grandmother were the ones who discovered them lying on the doormat.
AUTHOR: Alan Silitoe
Enoch was an eight-year-old boy; his parents left him both on the same day. When he came back from school he found the house empty. He though his parents would be back any minute, but it didn’t come about so he had to stay all night in the house on his own. The following day, he decided to go to his grandma’s to tell her the problem. Both went to Enoch’s house, where they found two letters lying on the doormat.
SETTING: In a city in England, house.
TOPICS: lack of communication, selfishness, relationship between a man and a woman, between parents and child, between a child and his grandmother.
Enoch: he was 8 years old. He was abandoned by his parents. At first he liked the idea of being alone in the house, because it was an adventure for him, he was the boss of the house but then he felt that he needed someone to take care of him that’s why he went to his grandma’s the following day. He had a round and a pale face, small ears and ginger hair. He was brave, because he was all the night alone in the house on his own and because he went to his grandma’s by bus, he didn’t even know how to get there from the bus stop. He thought that they could have had an accident.
Jack: selfish. He left because he had an affair. He and Rene took a train to London. He was trustworthy, easy-going, he didn’t notice when somebody was upset but when he did he accused that person of upsetting him.
Edna: selfish. Her plan was to go to her sister’s who lived in Hull and stay there till she found a job and a room.
Edna and Jack had been married for ten years. They didn’t have anything in common.
René: she wasn’t married, that’s why it was easier for her to leave with Jack. Jack and René worked in the same factory. They had been dating for 6 months.