One True Thing Setting & Symbolism

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Montgomery County

Montgomery County is the small county where Ellen is held in jail after her mother's death. It is described as an "Andy Griffith jail" more than a Dostoyevsky jail.

Tastee Freeze

The Tastee Freeze is where Ellen remembers going on the last "normal" day of her life. She had gone to the Tastee Freeze with her brothers when they had been home from college, tanned from their summer jobs as lifeguards, on the day they learned their mother had cancer.

Langhorne Proper

Langhorne Proper is the town where the Gulden family lives. It is a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business, and where family histories intersect. In the evenings, no one really leaves their houses to wander around town, not because there is anything to fear, but because home is where everyone's lives take place. When Kate dies mysteriously, the town is divided between...

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