Homework #3- “The Third Level”

Please post a short paragraph telling me the main idea of our second short story, “The Third Level.” Thanks!


21 Responses to Homework #3- “The Third Level”

  1. yuka says:

    I guess that the story’s main ideas are admiration to the past and dissatisfaction to the present conditions. Because Charley, who is main character and a mental patient, said that he just wanted to escape reality. the fact that he went back to the present world despite finding the past and new world shows that he might just want to live a happy life with his wife and restart.

  2. Ami says:

    Charley wanted to escape from modern world that is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and all the rest of it, but one day he got to third level at Grand Central which is in 1894. it is peaceful world in 1984 than present. Charley was not sure that it is real because he said ‘temporary refuse from reality.’ but the letter from friend Sam realized it. this story shows human tendency to escape from tough life because it is walking dream.

  3. TATSUYA YANO says:

    Charley, the main character of this story, is just an ordinary guy with mental ill. He actually wants to escape from reality, but he is thinking that he is not trying to escape anything.He loves the third level at Grand Central Station.Because of mental ill , he is confused between real and ideal.Finally, he may realize about own condition after he read the letter from sam who is his psychiatrist.

  4. Yui Kohno says:

    One night last summer, Charley who is 31 years old worked late at office. He wanted to get home to Louisa, his wife, so he turned into Grand Central Station to take trains. But, he got lost. When he arrived at the third level at Grand Central Station, he saw that there was a man who was old-looking and everyone in the station was dressed like eighteen-ninety-something. Charley slipped into another time, 1894. He tried to buy a ticket to get to home at the station, but he couldn’t do that. After that, he came back. And he got a letter from his friend, Sam who disappeared.

  5. Rina Takeshita says:

    The main character, Charley, wanted to escape from the modern world that was filled with insecurity, fear, war, worry and all the rest of it. One night last summer he went to Grand Central Station as usual, and he got lost. After he kept on walking the wrong way, he found that he was on the third level at Grand Central Station. He saw the old-looking information booth and people who dressed like eighteen-ninety-something. To make sure, he walked over to a newsboy and glanced at the stack of papers. It was printed June 11, 1894. Then, he made sure that he came to 1894, and he tried to buy tickets to Galesburg, Illinois, where he wanted to go with his wife, Louisa. However, he could not buy them since he did not have old-style bills. He turned away and got out fast. After that, he bought old-style bills and tried to go to the third level again, but he could not find it. He told about this experience to his friends, Sam, who is a psychiatrist, and Louisa. She told him to stop looking for it, so he never tried to find it. However, one day Sam disappeared suddenly, and Charley noticed a first-day cover had a letter. It was from Sam, and he wrote about the third level. Charley found that Sam had gone there. He finally got the way to the third level. The main idea of this story is that everyone has their own dreams and wants to escape from the ordinary life to the more exciting world.

  6. Nishijima Kazuhiro says:

    Charley, is the main character, want to escape from real. One day, he went to the third level of Grand Central Station. The station has only 2 level, so he think he was in other world. Also, In the third level, he found many old things, so he thought here was the old world. After that, he could go back the real world, but nobody didn’t believe his story. One day, he got a letter by hid friend, and the letter came from 1894 world. So he thought it is the evidence that there are a old world in the third level, but the friend, named Sum, is his psychiatrist.

  7. Kaiko Arai says:

    The main character of this story is Charley who is 31 years old and he was tired of his real life. He wanted escape from his reality. One day, he got on a train to back to his home. Then when he arrived at the station, it was not the real life. It was in 1894. He tried to back to his real life, then finally he got back. After that, he got a letter from his psychiatrist. It was from in 1894.

  8. Lee Hye Young says:

    There are two main characters Charley and his friend Sam. Charley was on the way to Louisa but on the way he lost. Also Sam was gone. When he saw newpaper the date was 1894. Also he saw old fasion and also he couldn’t use his modern money. When he thought about what’s going on and he realized that he wanted to escape modern world like insecurity, fear, war, worry and all the rest of it. When he back to real life, he got a letter from his friend Sam and it was from in 1894.

  9. Anna Kakimoto says:

    The main character is charley. He is thirty-one years old. The setting is Grand Central Station in New York. He tries to go to his hometown but, he didn’t have any currency of 1984. Finally he could go to hometown. After he came back to NY, he received a letter from Sam. Sam is psychiatrist friend of charley.

  10. Ayaka Wada says:

    there is a man whose name is Charley. when he was at the Grand Central Station to go back home, he got tired and he lost the way. he often lost but he found the third level for the first time. he realized the time was in 1894 at there. he went back home the day but he tried to go there again. though it was difficult. but his friend, Sam was disappeared one day and he believed he is there. after that, he got a letter from Sam and he knew Sam is there and enjoy the time.

  11. Shino Kawaguchi says:

    The main character is Charley who is 31 years old, his wife is Louisa and the other character is Sam who is his friend. This story has real and past. Charley wants to escape from real, one night last summer, he got Third revel of grand central terminal in NY in 1894. After he came back to real, he got a letter from Sam. But Sam was his psychiatrist.

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