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Can't and Won't - Section 4: Waiting for Takeoff, Industry, Two Characters, The Language of Things, The Washerwomen Summary & Analysis

Lydia Davis
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Summary

Waiting for Takeoff

The narrator comments and observes the bad and unusual behavior by her fellow travelers when they are stuck sitting on the tarmac in an airplane waiting for take off.

Industry

This is a letter from Flaubert. He speaks about the factories that belch out black smoke and the noise of industry.

Two Characters in a Paragraph

This is a dream sequence where the narrator sees her writing as a physical road, where her characters were dropped off at the beginning of the paragraph, were supposed to be at the end, but removed themselves and were back at the beginning again.

The Language of Things in the House

The narrator is playing with the assonance and consonance (susurration) of words, much like a poet might. She says that various things...

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