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Unformatted text preview: Reuven's walk to Danny's house at the beginning of Chapter 18 allows him time to reflect on the many events that have occurred since he was struck in the eye at the start of the novel. Because it is early spring, sycamore trees are budding and "green shoots of infant leaves" are appearing. Contrasted to this spring picture of rebirth are Reuven's memories of his numerous encounters with Reb Saunders. Whereas before Reuven only noted the bare walls and exposed light bulbs in Reb Saunders' synagogue, now he evaluates these features: "The stands were scarred, the walls needed paint, the naked light bulbs seemed ugly, their bare, black wires like the dead branches of a stunted tree." Here, the image of dead branches contrasts the newly budding sycamore branches mentioned earlier in the chapter. Outside, the world is alive with spring; inside Reb Saunders' house, the mood earlier in the chapter....
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