Objects & Places from Rules of Civility

Amor Towles
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Subway Photographs

These objects symbolize the true nature of the human condition. These objects are the focus of the event at the center of the novel's Preface, circa 1966. These objects were originally created between the years of 1938 and 1941, and carry with them the thematic connotation of people's true nature when their facades fall away.

The Hotspot

This object symbolizes determinism. This object is located in Greenwich Village in New York City and on New Year's Eve of 1937, this object brings Eve and Katey together with Tinker. From this point forward, their lives are intertwined in all sorts of complex ways throughout the coming decades.

The Beresford

This object symbolizes the way in which appearances can differ from reality. Tinker's association with a portion of this object causes Eve and Katey to believe that he comes from an upper-class, wealthy family and that he has money of his own...

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