Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*American South. The narrator points out that the army post is in the South. Readers are also informed that although Leonora was not originally from the South, she has cultivated habits that define her as southern. Moreover, Captain Penderton’s aunts never let him forget that he was a southerner. The southern setting, the characterization, the pessimistic outcome, the violence, and the oddity of the circumstances and events that are portrayed place the novel in the southern gothic tradition, a perspective from which many modern southern writers such as William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Truman Capote wrote.
Penderton home. House Captain Penderton and his wife, Leonora, share on the outskirts of the army post. It is a new two-story stucco house with eight rooms and exactly like every other house in the neighborhood. A large mass of uncleared land faces the Penderton’s house. The Captain spends much of his time in the study inside his house. Private Williams stands between the outside of the window in Captain Penderton’s study and a row of evergreen trees and peers through the window. Also, Williams routinely sneaks inside the house and sits in Leonora Penderton’s bedroom, while she sleeps.
Woods. Fifteen square miles of country that surrounds the army post. The woods are filled with pine trees, flowers, and wild animals. Captain Penderton gets lost in the woods, which symbolizes his search for inner peace. In the woods, Penderton becomes consumed with hatred for Williams.