please give qoutes from the book and answer ASAP! This question ONLY applies to the first chapter!
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Did you mean after fifteen years? I think Gene was looking for closure that he never had. He returns in to find a sense of meaning to the summer of 1942 which culminated in his friends death,
"Looking back now across fifteen years, I could see with great clarity the fear I had lived in, which must mean that in the interval I had succeeded in a very important undertaking: I must have made my escape from it."
This hence acts as a spring board into the memories and flashbacks into the events that shaped Gene into the man that he had become.