The short story “Greyhound Tragedy” by Richard Brautigan is set on “September 2, 1938”, in a “small Oregon town”, US. The main event takes place over one evening, but the plot includes various passages about the character’s background. Furthermore, the end of the story is set 31 years later (1969).

Physical setting

The physical setting includes elements like the main character’s house, the town streets, and the bus station:  “…leave the house early one warm twilight, after getting out of doing the dinner dishes, and walk slowly down to the bus station.” 

The description of the bus station conveys the character’s disappointment. After months of thinking about going there, she discovers there is nothing special about it: “The bus station was stark, unromantic, and very distant from the silver screen. Two old people were sitting there on a bench waiting for ...

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