A Good Lack in a Landscape.

From Eudora Welty’s “Worn Path“:
 

It was December — a bright frozen day in the early morning.

 

This morning, I’m looking at the beginning sentence of “A Worn Path” because of its lack of specificity (in O’Connor-speak, its mysteries and manners). Note how the only specific elements mentioned are that it’s December, and it’s morning. Elements that aren’t given:

  • The specific time or day,
  • The specific December,
  • The specific setting,
  • How early is “early”,
  • How bright is “bright”,
  • How frozen it was.

And yet, from these lack of elements, we are able to draw our own picture. Also note the curious backtracking of order:

  1. December is established;
  2. Day is established; and, then,
  3. Morning is established.

We’re grounded in December, jump ahead to the day, and then jump back to the morning.

Question:

Without looking at the rest of the story hyperlinked above, does the next sentence — and, for that matter, the rest of the paragraph —  lead us into a story that takes place outside, or inside?

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