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The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories Chapter Summary & Analysis - Train by Joy Williams Summary

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Train by Joy Williams Summary

Train is the story of two young girls, Danica and Jane, traveling on a train together with Jane's parents. The girls are not yet adolescents and very curious. They talk a lot with people on the train, making up names and identities, and with Jane's parents, who argue quite a lot and are slightly pretentious. At the end, the two girls are growing colder to each other, and Danica asks Jane's father if he thinks they will be friends forever; he tells her, absolutely not. Danica sits on the train and fills out pre-written postcards back home.

Train by Joy Williams Analysis

Train is a coming-of-age story about two girls on the verge of growing up. Though they are young and play around, the unhappy parents symbolize the life that is waiting for them, as do the pre-written postcards.

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