Physical setting

The short story “She Shall Not Be Moved” by Shereen Pandit takes place mainly on a bus in London, England. In many ways, the bus serves as a micro version of society where racism is allowed to play out without people intervening.

A bus is part of the public sphere. It is where all sorts of people meet and must travel together to reach their destinations. Unspoken social rules dictate how people ought to behave on the bus. For example, special seats are meant for women with prams and the like, and you should always offer up your seat to the elderly. It is also considered rude to stare or talk about fellow passengers. 

Several of these unspoken rules are broken in this short story. The white women refuse to give up their seats to the Somali woman with...

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