by Mona Gardner
The Dinner Party
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The snake appears!
The King Cobra!
The setting is Colonial India.
The main characters are the Colonel, the American, and the female hostess.
Other guests, servants, and the snake would be considered minor characters.
1. Argument springs up about women being more easily scared than men.
2. Colonel says that women scream while men are more reserved.
3. American says nothing, but observes everyone's reactions.
Rising Action... (continued)
4. Hostess looks nervous and tense.
5. Servant brings out bowl of milk.
6. American realizes that a bowl of milk means there is a cobra!
7. American starts a game to keep everyone calm.
1. People scream.
2. Hostess agrees that the Colonel did, in fact, remain calm.
3. American asks the hostess how she knew about the snake.
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Women cannot keep their composure in crisis as well as men can.
The hostess says that the cobra was crawling across her foot.
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"The Dinner Party" is a 1911 painting by Jules Alexandre Grun.