The Friends Setting & Symbolism

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Harlem, NY

Phyllisia and her family live in Harlem, NY.

The West Indies

Phyllisia and her family emigrated from the West Indies.

Central Park

Edith and Phyllisia went to Central Park in Manhattan. Phyllisia often meets Edith, and later her boyfriend, Jose, in Central Park.

Phyllisia’s Apartment

Phyllisia’s apartment is very elaborately decorated, and she brags about it to Edith.

Edith’s Apartment

Edith’s apartment is barren because her family is poor.

Calvin’s Restaurant

Phyllisia brags about how grand Calvin’s restaurant is, even though she hasn’t seen it. When she finally does, it is the opposite of what she imagined it to be.

Lead Pipe

Phyllisia picks up a lead pipe to use as a weapon against school bullies.

Pencil Sharpener

Edith steals a pencil sharpener from a store, and Phyllisia sees her do it.

The Haunting

After Phyllisia’s mother dies...

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