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In Chapter 5 - In Chapter 5 Reuven seems to be reborn...

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Unformatted text preview: In Chapter 5, Reuven seems to be reborn metaphorically when he returns home with his father from the hospital. He notices details that he never before took the time to recognize, including the hydrangea bush, which he calls a "snowball bush," in his front yard. He comments, "I had never really paid any attention to it before. Now it seemed suddenly luminous and alive." Walking through the apartment, he thinks to himself, "I had lived in it all my life, but I never really saw it until I went through it that Friday afternoon." Reuven's rediscovery of the objects and setting that, together, constitute his everyday life recalls his father's wise words while Reuven was still in the hospital: Fortune is best when we have experienced misfortune. This sudden clarity of vision also demonstrates that Reuven is beginning to open his eyes and become aware of the world outside of...
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