Loose Change

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Loose Change

Maybe you’re not in the habit of making friends of strangers. Maybe you are. There are many types of people even in a single society and you might not discover how many strange individuals that are walking around – maybe looking up to a person like you.

Loose Change is a short story written by Andrea Levy. A middle-aged woman is the first person narrator in the story. She is a Londoner, and she has a clear image of a Londoner’s way of being. They are all the same to her. She indirectly tells about how she is being prejudiced against all Londoners; when she asks if anyone has change in the lavatory, the following sentence is: "Everyone seemed to leave the place at once – all of them Londoners I was sure of it" (p. 1, l. 10). This shows she is indirectly labelling Londoners for being miserly and for being indifferent when somebody needs a little help. All she needed were some coins for the tampon machine in that her period was two days earlier than expected. Only a single person remains behind in the lavatory – and of course she is not a Londoner. Her name is Laylor and she comes from Uzbekistan, which is a country in Central Asia. The first person narrator does not know that: "Was that the Balkans? I wasn’t sure. “Where is that?” " (p.2, l. 58). The first time Laylor talked, she thought she might be from Spain because of her accent. The first person narrator does not seem to know of anything besides Londoners and the situation in London proper. Elsewhere does not appear to have any sort of interest to her. It is like she is living in her own bubble called London. But again, the lasting woman in the lavatory is called Laylor. She had change – too much, according to the first person narrator: "I didn’t want a bag full of the stuff myself " (p. 1, ll. 19-20), "Only I don’t want all those coins" (p. 1, l. 28). It is as if she…...

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