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Although “Good People” lacks details about the particular setting of its plot, the reader is smoothly indulged into the couple’s crisis’ intimate setting through the usage of vivid descriptions and a variety of sensory elements. Starting in media res, the narrator emphasizes the uncomfortable tension surrounding his characters, who have to take their final decision about whether or not to go through with the pregnancy. While placing them in “that park by the lake, by the edge of the lake,” Wallace enhances the overall anxious atmosphere through the use of the term “edge” (Wallace 149). The detailed description of the two main characters’ body language and the way they were sitting on top of the picnic table and had “their shoes on the bench part that people sat on … in carefree times” draws attention to the huge crises that they are going through. Furthermore, Wallace proceeds to describe a nature decor that is perceived almost as hostile, as the air is “suffused with honeysuckle and lilacs both,
which was almost too much” (Wallace 149). Conversely, the “half hidden by the bank” tree could symbolize the two characters’ lives and opposing attitudes towards their imminent life-changing resolution. However, the couple’s desired physical solitude is not ideal, as the author mentions the presence of another individual. Standing a dozen picnic tables away, the older man, whose outfit