Despondent over the news about Billy

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Despondent over the news about Billy, Reuven wanders aimlessly about the apartment. Note the  many references to Reuven's heightened senses. For example, his hands  feel  very cold, he  sees  sunlight hitting the leaves of an ailanthus tree — nicknamed the tree of heaven — outside a window  and  smells  its "musty odor," and he  hears  a fly buzzing. The incident in which he frees the fly from  the spider web perhaps suggests Reuven's emotional reaction upon learning Billy's fate. Billy cannot  do anything to change his sightless condition. Reuven, emotionally upset about the lack of control  that Billy has over his future, assures that the tiniest of creatures  does  have a future, at least a  temporary one. Freeing the fly from the spider web is Reuven's metaphorical attempt to free Billy of  his blindness, which, of course, he knows he cannot. The war news that opens Chapter 10 reminds us of the historical situation that serves as a 
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