Blake to get off the train at the Shady Hill stop. As always, join the conversation in the comments section below, on or on Twitter. Felix Thaxter in Portland, Maine, on November 20, 1919. Blake is now the weak one, the one who is being dehumanized and messed with. The daughter of Maine Supreme Court Justice Sidney Thaxter, her acting talent came from her mother's side, who was a one-time Shakespearean actress. The train then arrives at Shady Hill, Blake's destination. She lightened the pressure of the gun.
She does not care for Blake due to the way he treats his wife. Eudora Welty works within this world too. Blake, the story is told in a way that makes the reader side with Ms. Genevieve School in Montreal and. Blake is a middle aged businessman, most likely an executive, who works in New York City and commutes to the suburbs via the train. What do you think about this story? When the reader is introduced to Blake, he is very confident. Quentin Martin writes about the images within The Five-Forty-Eight.
She sits next to him on the train and threatens to kill him if he doesn't listen to her. The letter addresses Blake as her husband, details dreams she had and touches on her time spent in the mental hospital. This review talks about the plot and about the character Blake. The poetry seems to be affecting the characters as the story happens. It seems she once worked as his secretary but lived a very lonely life with few friends. Blake has trouble connecting with others, as is evidenced by his relationships with the other characters in the story. Charlie Blake - Blake's oldest son, who has recently made friends with the Watkins boy and has been spending an increasing amount of time residing at the Watkins' house.
The Five-Forty-Eight reflects the relationship between oppressors and the oppressed, and how sometimes, the oppressed fight back for total revenge. Watkins does not care for Blake after being confronted about his lifestyle, where Blake expressed that the Watkins were a negative influence on Blake's son Charlie. Blake's actions hence her name being Ms. Now that she has Blake's full attention, Miss Dent informs him that she only wants to talk. He decides to stop at a men's bar in an attempt to lose his pursuer.
He stopped at a storefront and gazed in the window for a moment, until he notices the reflection of the woman standing near him on the sidewalk. A 1979 television adaptation aired on called , with and in the lead roles. This is ironic, because most of the story, the reader sympathizes with poor Miss Dent, a troubled woman, so desperate for the adoration of such a man as Blake. Wronged by a terribly selfish man, she takes him Blake on a commute home from the office that he will never forget. In this story, Cheever takes his middle-class realism and adds an even wilder card than sci-fi; he adds a mentally unstable woman.
It seems as though he is past the point of being cured, whereas Miss Dent can now wash her hands clean of Blake, and finally find peace of mind. Also, by accomplishing her task of following Blake home to Shady Hill, she had taught him a lesson, and more dignified and merciful than Blake. He is petty, narcissistic, and highly critical of those around him. Along with confusing the sumptuary laws, moral obligations, and human responsibilities he lives by. She tells him to put his face in the dirt, Blake does so and begins to weep.
Middle-aged man, works in Manhattan, bored with his wife, controlling as a father, rude to his neighbors, highly judgmental of all those around him. One final image that Martin explores is the Cat's Paw ad. When the woman with the pistol shows up, she throws this standard scene into a new place. He dehumanizes them to the point where they are all nameless. Blake still thinks he has the power to manipulate her. The business world of the 1950's was cut-throat and overbearing, explaining why businessmen like Mr. Blake is a critical, apathetic person while Ms.
Do you believe that Blake or Miss Dent had a revelation in the end? Dent as a secretary, and one late night they went to her apartment and slept together. He distances himself from everyone in his life. After Blake hires Miss Dent when she is trying to overcome her mental illness , he toils with her emotions, and leaves her jobless, and alone. After reminiscing in the bar, Blake drinks a second beer and decides to head for the train station to catch the local train, the five-forty-eight. Dent, suspense is strongly built by Ms.
After realizing he has missed his train, Blake tries to catch the local five-forty-eight. She tells him she has a pistol, and that she is not afraid to kill him. As he drinks his beer, he reflects on his relationship with the woman, and the reader is introduced to the backstory behind the mysterious woman. This story takes place in downtown , , where the protagonist Blake , attempts to escape his former employee Miss Dent , who was fired shortly after a one-night stand. In essence, the reader is getting a very standard scene here. She then turns and walks back to the train station.