The setting of the short story “Clerk Wanted” by Dennis Thorp is an office building. The larger office is located directly next to the entrance. The smaller office, which is “more comfortable” (p. 21, l. 5), is the manager’s office. This suggests that employees with a higher position in the company are entitled to better working environments.

At the beginning, Desmond sits with his feet on the desk in the manager’s office (p. 21, l.8), which suggests his disregard for social rules, and perhaps also his contempt towards Mr Winfield. When Colshaw arrives and finds the larger office empty, he “seemed to stop” (p. 21, l. 4). This could indicate Colshaw’s surprise that no one is there to receive him and to lead him to the manager’s office, since this is the usual protocol for job interviews. How...

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