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Olive Kitteridge Setting & Symbolism

Elizabeth Strout
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Crosby, Maine

Crosby is a small town in Maine. It is the town where the Kitteridges live and where all of the other characters are from or currently live. It is such a small town that everyone seems to know everyone else's business.

Village Pharmacy

The Village Pharmacy is the pharmacy where Henry works as a pharmacist. This is where Henry meets Denise when she is hired to work in the pharmacy. The pharmacy is also where Jerry and Denise meet and form a relationship. The Village Pharmacy ends up being replaced by a chain drugstore.

Church

Henry attends church almost every Sunday. Olive, however, stops attending church with Henry. The church is the location for several events throughout the novel. This includes the winter concert and a funeral.

Tulips

When Olive retires from teaching, one of the hobbies she takes up is planting and growing tulips. Olive...

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