by Vanessa and Luc
5. In response to Anna’s admission that she only makes thirty-five bob a week, Jeffries says, “Good God. [. . .] You surely can’t manage on that, can you?” (19).
By saying “you surely can’t manage on that, can you?” he is being sarcastic because he knows that she is a transient entity, surviving on little resources.He is being judgemental and extremely ungentlemanly. Walter makes it clear that social status is highly important to him.
6. While Anna and Jeffries are talking about clothes, Anna daydreams about a line from a book: “She wore black. Men delighted in that sable colour, or lack of colour” (19).
This passage contrasts what is said in the beginning: “do you always wear black?” (18). It was said to disapprove of what Anna wore. However, she’s dreaming of a reality where she can wear whatever she wants without being judged. This is obviously symbolic of her West Indian culture. It is a social commentary that demonstrates prejudice against non-Caucasians.
7.Walter’s observation can reveal symbolic meaning: “You’ve got the loveliest teeth” (19).
Once again, he is only commenting on her status. Being that her teeth are white, Walter is surprised she can even take such good care of herself despite her lack of resources. Afterwards, he starts kissing her, this shows that his only fixation is only her body.
8.While Jeffries is kissing Anna, her mind is somewhere else: “all the time he was kissing me I was thinking about the man at that supper-party at the Greyhound” (20).
It shows the relationship she has with men from England until this point in her life. They never treat her like an actual woman, but rather as an object that they can pay for. This leads to Anna always being taken advantage of, by the men she meets. This shows us into who she is being that she puts up with all these type of characters.
10. Anna’s thoughts reveal important aspects of her character. After Jeffries lets her go, she thinks, “I stopped hating him” (20).
Walter is now dominating Anna, and she does not respond to it kindly, rather, Anna hates him for it. Once he lets her go, she then stops hating him, probably feeling a sense of relief. She must like to feel in control, and won’t be passive and let things happen to her.
11. After she turns down his advances, she says she has a secret feeling, like “when you are playing hide-and-seek” (21).
The scene shows that Anna is not fully mature, rather than feeling tense after the encounter, she refers to it as almost a child’s game.