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What are the memories and how do we carry them? This leading question of the story tries to expand the meaning of feelings and emotions exposition in order to convey the flashbacks. Photos that “were not taken” give a chance to the narrator to remember the past the way she likes. All the important details of surroundings and imperceptible movements are not frozen, forgotten and put in the dusty box as photos. They escaped this destiny and continue their life in narrator’s mind, recalling the vivid “images”. The narrator describes the scenes of her romance as if it were dreams; she experienced something surreal, something that could not be seen through the lens of a camera. The attitude of “[l]aughing at the absurdity of our ambition to capture the moment ” serves as another reason of her awareness of the photos futility in order to stop the time (319). The heading of the story provokes and challenges to dig deeper in the symbols and the images of the narrative. In order to capture the romantic feelings of the past and let them stay “alive” in the mind, the narrator relies on her memory and shows a refusal of taking photos, which freeze the moments, erasing the emotions it is connected with and the vividness of perception. The story is based on the memories lacking a chronological order or at least a silhouette of explicit structure. The form of the narrative reminds of a film with jump transitions from one scene to another, readers are not aware of time, names and places. This mystery and secrecy forces the readers to pay attention to details of portrayals and narrator’s voice in order to collect the puzzles of incoherent memories represented symbolically by “images” into a unified story line. The “establishing shot” of their love story started with a comparison to “[a] web of chance of rivers, meandering across three
continents”(317). The emphasis on the flow of rivers as a metaphor helps to describe all the prerequisites of an unexpected first meeting with her lover. The beginning of the story is similar to its epilogue that could be called a “closing scene”- both of them are followed by narrator’s perception and metaphors. Symbolically speaking, the beauty of nature draws a parallel to the beauty of love in the last image “Frame”. With a change of

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