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The story you remember is "Once Upon a Time" by Nadine Gordimer. It's in collection "Jump and Other Stories" (where I read it). Most of the google returns for it are to Cliff's Notes type sites, so I can well believe you read it in a literature textbook! There's a summary here. The part that matches your memory is: The couple settles on ...


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“The last end” or the final end, the end of everything, is a poetic way of referring to death, which gives the story closure, as it is what the title and key topic of the story are. One of Joyce’s trademarks in his writing is his association and fusion of disparate things in the form of multi-meaning symbols or in this case a metaphor. The snow falls on the ...


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The Third Level was merely a hallucination. The narrator, Charley uses the Third Level as an escape medium from the harsh reality of the war years that prevailed at the time. Charley was unhappy with the reality as the world was full of insecurity, fear, war, and worry. It was the intense longing to return to his 1890's lifestyle in Illinois that led to this ...


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