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For each reader a short story can be a different experience Each interpretation of a story can be just as different as they are In Joseph Monningers short story The Lunch he keeps a continuous flow The three things I liked most about The Lunch was how Monninger gives a good description of how the narrator feels how he reacts and he also portrays the narrators sensitivity I like the way Monninger portrays the heat as the narrators feelings He describes the heat he feels and how consuming it is this day at the beach In the beginning of the story he is observing his ex-wife He stands at a distance imagining the new man shes with and how they are together Then he comes back to reality remembering that he is standing on the beach And the heat climbs up from your foot reaching up your leg and heating you making you lean part of your weight on the folding chair to catch your balance 48 The heat becomes overwhelmingly hot all of a sudden Causing him to lose focus or actually his balance Its as if the heat is like his feelings I think that seeing Kendra has caused him to sweat and become overwhelmed with emotions just like the heat This is the first thing I liked about The Lunch I also like how Monninger gives his character a sort of childish nature The narrator takes a silly approach to seeing his ex In the story he is watching his ex-wife and now her companion has returned from the water He observes them gathering their things so that they can go get something to eat Then narrator follows them He describes his action You are a spy in your wifes camp your ex-wifes camp you remind yourself and you feel pleased and full of blood48 In this passage he is pretending to be a spy It is something I think you
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