T h e f a c t s w e r e s e p a r a t e a n d

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Unformatted text preview: d r e a m , “ E v e n t s d i d n o t f l o w. T h e f a c t s w e r e s e p a r a t e a n d haphazard and random…episodic…no sense of events unfolding from prior events” (O’Brian, 206). Choppy scenes with minimal attention to practicalities are quite abundant throughout the soldiers’ pursuit of Cacciato. For example, a paragraph devoted to skeptics on page 125 reveals: C a r e f u l l y, p o i n t b y p o i n t , h e w o u l d s h o w h o w t h e s e w e r e petty details…Means could always be found. If pressed he could make up the solutions—good, convincing solutions. But his imagination worked faster than that. Since means could be found, since answers were possible, his mind went racing toward more important m a t t e r s : C a c c i a t o , t h e f e e l o f t h e j o u r n e y, w h a t w a s s e e n a l o n g t h e w a y, w h a t w a s l e a r n e d , c o l o r s a n d m o t i o n a n d people and finally Paris. It could be done. The order of time is naturally lost when only...
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