The short story “Suffer the Little Children” by Stephen King is set in the US, probably in Augusta, Georgia as the reference to the mental institution in the text indicates. The time setting is not mentioned explicitly, but the references to the mimeograph (an early version of the photocopier) suggest that the author intended the events to be contemporary to the time of publishing (1972).

Physical setting

The main physical setting is Summer Street School  where Miss Sidley is a teacher. The text makes references to the classroom, the school yard and lavatory, and the mimeograph room. Additionally, the story also mentions Miss Sidley’s home where she has dinner alone, and the psychiatric ward.

None of these places are described in detail; they are simply mentioned by the...

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