After telling the inner story, the man says that "things change." What do you think has changed since the time of the inner story? What has the man learned?


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In the frame story, the mother is absent, and the daughter is said to be “in Milan for Christmas,” visiting her father. This suggests that the boy and girl separated and possibly divorced in the twenty years between the inner story and the frame story. The narrator hints that the father ends up leaving after all in the last lines of the story: “They had leaned on each other and laughed until the tears had come, while everything else—the cold, and where he’d go on it—was outside, for a while anyway.”

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