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The Reader Setting & Symbolism

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Hanna's Apartment

Hanna Schmitz lives in a furnished, working-class apartment on an upper floor in an urban tenement. The apartment is largely unremarkable although Michael Berg will remember numerous minute details about the apartment and the building even long after it is razed. Hanna's apartment door has a window through which her apartment's interior is visible. The apartment also has, at least, a kitchen and a bedroom separated by a hallway.

The Railcar

Hanna works as a railcar conductor for about 8 years. Michael attempts to visit Hanna on the railcar while she is working, but she ignores him and, later, blames him for ignoring her. Michael thereafter equates railcars with emotional distress and avoids riding on them for many years. The railcar is the only place that Michael and Hanna's lives intersect, however briefly, outside of the bounds, which Hanna sets on their relationship.

Michael's Vacation Courtesy Note

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