Fifth Business Setting & Symbolism

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Deptford

This is the town in Canada where Dunston Ramsay, Paul Dempster and Percy Boyd Staunton grew up. They are all twice-born, so they are reborn as men after leaving Deptford, but the place and its society figure strongly in their histories and their characters.

The Pit

This is where Ramsay and others, including his father and Reverend Amasa Dempster, find Mrs. Dempster copulating with the vagrant who turns out later to be Surgeoner.

Paschendale

This is the place in France where Ramsay is injured during the Great War. There is a school here where Ramsay sees the Madonna looking down on him with Mrs. Dempster’s face.

The Madonna

This is the image Ramsay sees looking down on him when he is injured and about to be scorched by the flare after killing the three German soldiers in Paschendale in France.

The Public Hospital

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