Both stories have similar diction causing the same kind of “droopiness” (at least in my opinion). That may have something to do with the fact that they are in similar environments. Both characters in the short stories spend some time outside either walking or simply observing their surroundings. Both of their lives seem to be both very monotone and structured. Maria has her routine planned out to the minute and in Araby, the protagonist adjusts his schedule to that of his Megan’s. The people surrounding both characters appear to be much more lively than they are. The walking routes are significant to the stories’ meaning because they describe the characters daily routine which says a lot about them and their daily lives. It sets the scene and the tone for the stories as well as make it more realistic to the readers since the places are real. That helps the reader understand the plot better than if they lived in an imaginary place.