Francis has entered Allele’s tenement with the intentions of killing Losable. Francis is very quick to declare the reason for his presence at Larry tenement. Ever since Francis came back from the war, killing Larry is all Francis has wanted to accomplish. ‘Say your prayers… I rehearsed those words so many times through the years. ‘ Straight away we see this sense of determination within Francis. Francis has been ‘rehearsing this moment ever since Larry raped Nicole.
He’s been waiting for Allele’s turn to Overthrown for years’ so that he can seek revenge. Here Cornier creates a sense of violence and tension. ‘Vive decided to aim for the heart’ Francis’ thoughts towards Larry are quite violent and he wishes to ‘shatter his heart the way he broke Insole’s’. Francis wants nothing but revenge and intends to attain it. Crosier’s use of Similes is very clever. Francis wants to do physically what Larry did to them mentally. Despite Lorry’s horrific character, he knows Francis very well.
Larry knows that no tater how angry Francis is, he will never be able to physically murder someone. Larry Withdraws a pistol’ knowing that Francis won’t be able to fulfill his ‘mission’. The pistol was a ‘relic from the war’; it seems as If everything bad that happened in Francis’ life lies right there In that tenement. ‘Leave me here, leaver everything here… Leave it all behind with me’ We can see how quickly the mood changes, from Francis’ violent words to Larry words of comfort.
Francis ‘suddenly wants go get out f there’ he wants no part In Larry anymore and the ‘aroma of the soup Is sickening and the tenement is too warm. ‘ Cornier creates a rather nauseating atmosphere; Lorry’s tenement Is a place no one would want to be In. ‘The sound of a pistol cracks the air. ‘ The theme of Innocence runs throughout the whole book, Just like the world Innocence was shattered by the war and Nicolle Innocence was shattered by Larry, Overthrown Is now also shattered by a ‘pistol shot’ cracking the air.