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The Comfort of Strangers Setting & Symbolism

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The Hotel Room

Mary and Colin's hotel room is where the story begins and, just like their relationship, is introduced as dim and stagnant with the world slowly coming to life around it. During the first part of their holiday, Mary and Colin spend afternoons napping in their room and not speaking to each other. Soon after meeting Robert, they again confine themselves to their room, but this time it is for entire days of passionate lovemaking and discussion about the change in their relationship. Thus, matters in the microcosm of Mary and Colin's hotel room are a good indicator of their passion toward one another - or, conversely, their level of self-involvement - at any given moment.

The Bar

Robert's unnamed bar - where he first displays his apparent capacity for charity by bringing Mary and Colin there - is populated entirely by young men, giving it...

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