Setting

The short story “Going Home” by Pete Hamill is set in the US: “They were going from New York to Florida” (p. 9, l. 1). The events take place during a bus trip and at two cafés, where the youngsters spend time together: “Deep into the night the bus pulled into a roadside café and everybody got off the bus except Vingo.” (p. 9, ll. 10-11). The bus is a central element of the physical setting. The long journey provides opportunities for an interaction between complete strangers. Vingo offers personal information about himself to the girl, while the young people become emotionally invested in Vingo’s story, even though they do not know each other and will most likely not see each other again. 

Vingo has spent “the past four years” (p. 9, ll. 32-33) ...

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