Hunger Setting & Symbolism

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The Attic Room

At the beginning of the novel, the narrator lives in an attic room where he is behind on the rent.

Waistcoat

The narrator pawns his waistcoat, one of his last possessions, at the beginning of the novel.

Pencil

The narrator accidentally leaves his pencil in his waistcoat when he pawns it. Without the cheap pencil, he cannot write, and if he cannot write, he cannot make any money. The narrator must go back to the pawnshop to recover the pencil, and he is ashamed that he needs to go back for such an inexpensive item. He lies to the pawnbroker, saying that the pencil has sentimental value.

2 St. Olaf's Place

The narrator follows the woman he thinks of as Ylayali to 2 St. Olaf's Place, where she lives. Later, he walks her to her apartment, and on their second "date," she invites him in.

Barber Coupons

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