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A Cream Cracker under the Settee After nearly three decades of uninterrupted success in the fields of satire (Beyond the Fringe), theatre (40 Years On), TV dramas (An Englishman Abroad) and film (A Private Function), Alan Bennett broke new dramatic ground when this series of monologues appeared on BBC TV in 1988. Each tale gives us privileged access to the innermost thoughts of an individual, who, although we only hear his/her side of the story, frequently reveals more about him/her than intended. The situation of Doris is that she is a 75 year old woman that has dizzy spells and works too much for her age. She has a high hygiene conduct and always wants to make sure everything is clean. As a cause of this, she slipped off a buffet, whilst dusting picture of herself with her late husband - Wilfred, falling to the floor, and possibly breaking her leg. Doris has pride of her house, and continuously makes sure all of it is as clean as possible. There are lots of aspects in her relationship that can cause us to feel sympathetic towards Doris, for example, her relationship with Zulema seems fragile and harsh, as to where Doris freely expresses her feelings and emotions of her thoughts of Zulema. ...read more.


Which Doris extrovertly says "It never materialised", the statement referring to Wilfred wanting to grown vegetables in the cellar, whilst Doris knows previous to the event, would not 'materialise'. Another quote that expresses her feelings of his jobs is "He had no list". The quote shows how Wilfred basically never carried out the tasks he had set to do. The tasks, in true light, where to take Wilfred's mind of the baby, that himself and Doris, had, but died prematurely. The list below gives the emotions and beliefs of how Doris interpreted several characters that did, and didn't influence her life. - Wilfred - When he asked about the dog, Doris may have thought that Wilfred did not love her as much as he used to. - Wilfred was never allowed anything as Doris did not allow him which makes you feel sympathy for him - Neighbours - They do not bother to visit her - Doris is very lonely - Doris does not bother to visit them either AND did not care about the daughter of the couple she knew - Little Boy - He was disrespectful when he "Spent a Penny" in her garden (Doris has very high hygiene standards) ...read more.


writing is that he makes Doris change subject quite simultaneously, as one point she is talking about Zulema, and her bad cleaning, but quickly changes, and talks about Wilfred and his strange ideas. Nursing Homes A nursing home, (Also known as a rest home), is a form of care of residents: it is a house for people who require constant nursing care and have significant deficiencies with activities of daily living. Residents include the elderly and younger adults with physical disabilities. Adults 18 or older can stay in a skilled nursing facility to receive physical, and occupational therapies following an accident or illness. Sheltered Houses Sheltered housing is a wide range of rented housing for older and/or disabled or other helpless people. It refers more commonly to group housing such as a block of flats or bungalows with a scheme manager; usually the manager has lived on-site although this is not always the case these days. (Managers/officers used to be called "wardens" but this term is now out of date.) Sheltered housing schemes are generally owned, run and maintained by a housing trust, usually a not-for-profit organisation which works closely with and is part-funded by the local authority. ...read more.

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