Stanza two

The focus in this stanza is on the obvious care and pride the owner of the house takes in her home.

The speaker introduces her companion in the opening line, We take our shoes off at her door.

The nature of the relationship and the purpose of the visit are still to be revealed.

An almost reverent tone is created in the alliterative description of how they shuffle stocking-soled on tiptoe across the parquet floor.

Again the speaker notes details of the house’s features - this floor is beautiful but must be protected with a dust cover and drawn shades in order to maintain its colour.

Of course the speaker is implying much more about the owner of the house in these remarks - that their attention to detail is almost obsessive.

The enjambment forces our ear and eye to specific words and phrases like 'be protected' to really emphasise the care and attention the owner lavishes on her home.

Just as in the previous stanza, this verse is brought to a close by the masculine rhymes of the final two lines - shade and fade. Again this helps the speaker to convey her own nervousness and discomfort in this formal environment.