The novel is set in America.

The opening description of nature is quite majestic, but nature has been invaded by man.

Nature is unforgiving and the days are very hot and unpleasant. This backdrop adds to the tensions of the characters.

The bunk house is a key location and is presented starkly, an uninviting place with whitewashed walls. It is certainly not a warm, homely atmosphere.

The barn is Crook’s home. It is clean and tidy, reflecting the pride he has.

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