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In David Ives play Sure Thing the setting of the drama is crucial to the characters development Though Ives originally planned to set his play at a bus stop Ives sets the play in a caf where Betty one of the main characters is sitting alone at a table reading Later Bill the other main character approaches Bettys table Ives could have chosen a caf because it is cheap and easy to set up on a stage but he had a different motive In this battle of the sexes Ives chooses the caf setting because it gives his characters a sense of routine as well as a sense of mystery A caf is normally portrayed as a calm and relaxing place where citizens casually spend their time reading and enjoying their coffee More so than a bus stop a caf is more prone to conversations between strangers Ives includes an empty chair across the table from Betty This is Bills open invitation he nonchalantly approaches her After Bill has introduced himself he uses the common pick-up line Do you come in here a lot The readers are not aware of the importance of this line until Betty responds after several rings of the bell Every other day I think This lets the readers know that these characters have a routine yet they have never crossed each others paths before Bill regularly appears at the caf and he records that he has never seen Betty After his realization he notes that the two characters must have Missed connections It is not until later in the conversation when the readers understand something about Betty Bill states Sort of a sad occupation for a Friday night isnt it After discussing that Betty has been reading Faulkner earlier in the dialogue she states I guess I was trying to think of it as existentially romantic You know --- cappuccino great literature rainy night This lets the readers
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