The Portable Dorothy Parker Setting & Symbolism

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The Bains Homeappears in The Wonderful Old Gentleman

The Bains home is owned by Allie and Lewis Bains. Residents also include Allie's father, the Wonderful Old Gentleman, and Miss Chester, a boarder. The house has drastically changed since the arrival of the father five years earlier. Parker refers to the living room as a chamber of horrors modified for family use.

The living room is high-ceilinged and contains dark heavy wood, which matches the cumbersome furniture. The walls are mustard yellow, once decorated with gold but now faded to a miserable state. The furniture creaks and the tapestry smells musty and old. No matter how Mrs. Bain tries, gray dust gathers in the crevices of the sofa.

There is a center table in the room that has three female nudes with outstretched arms that serve as a base. The table complements the great mantelpiece that is also ornately...

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