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Rules of Civility Setting & Symbolism

Amor Towles
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Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art in New York hosts a photography exhibit in 1966, as described in the Prologue of "Rules of Civility." The photographer, Walker Evans, took candid photos of people on the New York subway, between 1938 and 1941.

Great Depression

The Great Depression, a time of economic hardship which began in 1929, is coming to an end in 1938, when the main plot of "Rules of Civility" takes place. The United States economy will get a big boost when the country becomes embroiled in World War II.

The Hotspot

The Hotspot is a nightclub in Greenwich Village. Katey and Eve meet Tinker there, on New Year's Eve, 1937.

The Beresford

The Beresford is a 22-story apartment building in uptown Manhattan. Tinker lives there, in an apartment paid for by Anne Grandyn. Eve moves in with him after a devastating car crash.

Lighter

Tinker carries a gold lighter...

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