The Cape consists of factual statements and details.

The author, J.R. Carpenter, tells the story of when she used to visit her Grandparents in Cape Cod. The story is not linear. It includes many maps and diagrams of the cape. It is written in a straight forward manner. Carpenter writes things such as “I don’t have a photograph of my grandmother Carpenter. If I did, I would insert it here.”

These matter of fact statements exhibit exactitude. They do not add erroneous language or try to use analogies to make a point. The picture below states that her Grandmother lived in a Cape Cod house while her uncle did not. It shows a picture of a Cape Cod house and a map of Cape Cod. There are very few ways to interpret the statements.

Just as in A Land Remembered,  The Cape uses descriptive words to evoke a certain time and place. At one point the author writes “The events happened so long ago that this whole story is in black and white”. This very descriptive statement actually leaves space for ambiguity.

Calvino talks about this in his memo. By being descriptive and exact you can also be ambiguous. Of course, the story in the cape didn’t really happen in black and white. This descriptive world of black and white becomes less exact. Instead, the sentence conjures an image of the olden days in the person’s head. However, their image of “the olden days” is dependent on that persons experience.

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