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Jim and Irene Westcott are part of the upper-middle class community in the fashionable area on New York Cityrquote s east side They live on the 12th floor of an apartment building near Sutton Place which is a suburban community outside New York The Westcottrquote s have a very passionate love for the theatre and music this is why when there radio goes out they almost immediately purchased a new one The Westcottrquote s purchase of the new radio is supposed to bring ldblquote enjoymentrdblquote Cheever 235 but in actually it brings out things they didnrquote t want to face The building in which the Westcottrquote s live is a culture in itself and the radio in the voice of that culture serving as a link between the image and reality The radio brings into conflict the fae7ade and the truthpar On the surface the Westcottrquote s are an affluent family that is living the American dream They attend the theatre 103 times a year and they differ from there friends and neighbors in that they shared an interest in music They loved to go to concerts and sit and listen to classical music on the radio There style of dress demonstrated there status in society When it is cold Irene wears a fur coat that is dyed to resemble mink Jim dresses equally dazzling as if he attends an elite boarding school of some kind When there old radio breaks Jim didnrquote t think twice about ordering one for the house right away ldblquote the radio was delivered to the kitchen door the following afternoon and with the assistance of her maid and the handy man Irene uncrated it and brought it into the living roomrdblquote 229 The Westcottrquote s also had a maid that lived in the basement that helped with the daily chores and with the children The children attend private school which cost the family eight hundred dollars to get
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