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Ellie is a student at a university in London. She seems somewhat disturbed and stressed. Her thoughts are rambling around and it seems that she can’t keep focus very long at a time “Monday. It is Monday. Essay there is an essay due, important, due for Tuesday morning. Virginia Woolf. And the ... What was the title? Something Oyster of Perceptiveness. Fuck. How the fuck did she manage to sleep for so long?” The setting of the text is in the middle of London. Ellie herself lives at dorm near her university. The setting is only described as Ellie’s thoughts, and we only get to hear about it if Ellie is thinking about it. In the beginning of the text you hear about this darkness “It is dark, but the wrong dark. Something is wrong with the dark. Ellie reaches a hand out from under the duvet and flails for water; there is only an empty pint glass. Fuck. She retreats, rests her swollen cheek against her palm, but her need is too great. She takes the glass, stumbles towards the little sink, fills it and gulps the water down. It tastes chemical.” The darkness is a part of the setting as it is something you can sense throughout the whole entire text. Everywhere Ellie goes there is always this darkness lurking in the background, it isn’t described but if you read between the lines you get the feeling that it is always there. Also Ellie’s thoughts are surrounded by this darkness “Ellie becomes aware of a throbbing in her skull. A horrible throbbing, metallic and insistent and wrong. She takes off the hat and puts her hand to her head. The pain is intensifying; feels as though it is in that place where the drugs have gone, snorted up and into her brain. "Living and Dying" reads the plaque on the wall of the hall. "How different cultures cope with the realities of Life and Death." Ellie's not sure she's ready to cope with death. Ellie's head is throbbing and her skull feels as though it might split open and she really feels as though she might die. And...
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