Take the fifty-year experiment in economic policy provided by Hong Kong between the end of World War II and this past July, when Hong Kong reverted to China.
In this experiment, Hong Kong represents the experimental treatment; Britain, Israel, and the United States serve as controls.
Another notable theme in the story with a fictions element is that of old age.
The author relates the issue of age and behavior and goes ahead to explain the difference between classifying age physically and emotionally or mentally.
Already with this notion, the guests drink the water and automatically deem themselves as young and they once again fight for the widow’s attention.
The moral side of the story presents the youth connecting with folly, but, gives no optimism for emancipation in old age either.
The four elderly guests are two- dimensional caricatures who are not fully developed which is a fictions aspect.
In addition, the fiction element of the theme of foolishness seems to link the fates of the elderly guests to misfortune that may not be the case.
Immediately after World War II, Hong Kong had a population of about 600,000.
A colony of Britain, it did not receive its freedom after the war as most other colonies did. If Hong Kong had been set free, it almost surely would have been taken over by China.