The Paying Guests Symbols & Objects

Sarah Waters
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The Ashtray

A large ashtray with a base that stands alone on the floor. The ashtray is heavy and not particularly pretty. This is the “weapon” Lilian uses to kill Leonard.

The Clerk Class

The Clerk Class is a class of people that are not quite up to the social standing of Frances and her mother but are looked upon as much better than the poor of the region. They are generally working men who do clerking-type jobs, such as insurance policies.

Snakes and Ladders

This is the game played by Frances, Lilian, and Leonard on the night when they all get drunk. The game has been modified by Leonard and the action gets out of hand, so that they are all embarrassed and upset about their actions the following day.

The Gypsy Wagon

Frances gives this to Lilian as a gift. Lilian and Frances have spent...

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