Asked • 07/19/19

What is the significance of "half past two" in Wolfgang Borchert's The Clock and The Bread?

In both *The Clock* and *The Bread* by Wolfgang Borchert there is a mention of the events happening at "half past two" in the morning. I have been unable to find a historical event of World War Two that specifically coincided with this time, and was wondering what the significance might be. Excerpts from *The Clock*: > The most wonderful thing is still to come: Just think, it stopped at half past two. Of all times at half past two, just think. and > No. At half past two there was something quite different, only you don't know what. That's the joke, of course, that it stopped just at half past two. And not at a quarter past four or at seven. For at half past two I always used to come home. At night, I mean. Nearly always at half past two. Excerpts from *The Bread*: > Suddenly she woke up. It was half past two. and > They stood facing one another in their night-shirts. At night. At half past two. In the kitchen. If it were just in one story, I wouldn't have thought it significant. The presence in both stories has sparked my curiosity though.

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Suzanne S. answered • 07/23/19

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ACT_SAT_GRE, English, Reading, Doctoral Dissertations

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