One Day Setting & Symbolism

David Nicholls (writer)
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Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, is the university town where Dexter and Emma attend school. It is where they meet and have their one-night stand. It is the city to which Dexter brings Jasmine to remember Emma.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy, is where Dexter travels to live and teach students English. He has numerous affairs there, including with students.


England is where Dexter and Emma spend most of their lives and get married. It is where Emma dies following being struck by a car.


India is where Emma travels following college. She works at a Tex-Mex place there, and meets Ian Whitehead, who will later become her boyfriend.

Paris, France

Pairs, France, is where Emma travels as a fledgling novelist. It is in Paris that Dexter comes to visit her, and the two begin a real relationship.

North Yorkshire, England

North Yorkshire is where Dexter and Emma travel on holiday while engaged. It is where Dexter composes his wedding vows.

Belsize Park, London

Belsize Park, London, is where Emma and Dexter live together and prepare to buy a house. It is also the area of London where Emma is killed.


Letters and e-mails are written and exchanged by Emma and Dexter as a way to stay in touch with one another following their one-night stand in Edinburgh. They exchange countless letters and e-mails through the years.


Books are voraciously consumed by both Emma and Dexter as they leave college. Books become a talking point between both of them; and Emma ends up becoming a novelist and writing books.

Phone Number

Following their one-night stand, Dexter gives Emma his phone number, and tells her to call him. The phone number is how Emma will stay in touch with Dexter, and how the two will remain in touch for the next two decades.

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