Two Gentle People By Graham Greene (Tone And Language)

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"Two Gentle People" Language and Tone 6/21/01 Graham Greene's story "Two Gentle People" introduces us to his characters Henry and Marie-Claire. They meet in a local park and are brought together by the thoughtless act of two teenagers. They are two people who seem very stuffy, rather old fashioned, and "" as we discover "" very unhappily married! In this story, the imagery and symbolism in their dialogue abounds. This sets the tone for a rather sad and pitiful story. The story reminds me of a song by country western artist Reba McIntyre that goes ""¦where were you when I could have loved you"¦.?" The central idea relays the notion that sometimes we need to aggressively seek to find our happiness. No matter what your age, true love could be out there waiting for you.

The story is set in late afternoon to early evening in a park in Paris, France.

It concludes in the later evening in the individual homes of the characters. What is interesting about these settings is the opportunity for a romantic liaison. The reader has to wonder if it doesn't come to pass because the characters are older, "In younger people it might have been a day for a chance encounter-secret behind the long barrier of perambulators with only babies and nurses in sight. But they were both of them middle-aged, and neither was inclined to cherish an illusion of possessing a lost youth,"¦" Or if it was because of the time period the story was set in (late 70's?) and the free love movement had never hit their age bracket. "Modesty and disillusion gave them something in common' though they were separated by five feet of green metal they could have been a married couple who had grown to resemble...