The Late Show Themes & Motifs

Connelly, Michael
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Indifference

On both an individual and global level, The Late Show constantly reflects on how indifference to others’ suffering is an increasing phenomenon in a culture that values shallow efficiency over genuine interpersonal connections. While “big evil” at first appears to be the greatest force that Ballard is fighting, by the end of the novel it becomes clear that her real foe is widespread indifference in the public and among her colleagues.

From the very first chapter, Ballard is confronted with others’ apathy, which proves to be a continual obstacle. When she calls the elderly burglary victim’s credit card company, she is told that, while finding the delivery address of the items purchased with the stolen card should be relatively easy, it is against protocol to give it out without a warrant. Ballard is infuriated by this and confronts the call center agent: “you don’t...

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