2. Where does the story take place? In what way does the setting affect the story? Does it make you more or less likely to anticipate the ending?
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The nondescript town has a population of approximately three hundred people. It is a farming town. We get a small farm town feel with most people knowing everybody else. There is banter about crops, children, and crop prices. The conversations seem friendly but Jackson infuses the narrative with a tone of uneasiness. Initially the friendly meeting throws us off the sinister reality of the situation.