The motif of ghosts reapeats a lot in this novel what does it mean?
Here are a few examples:
She smiled slowly and walking through her husband as if he were a ghost shook hands with Tom -- pg. 29
The crowd—it was now a crowd—stepped back involuntarily and when the door had opened wide there was a ghostly pause -- pg. 60
I could have sworn I heard the owl-eyed man break into ghostly laughter. -- pg. 97
They were gone, without a word, snapped out, made accidental, isolated, like ghosts even from our pity. -- pg. 144
Wilson shook his head. His eyes narrowed and his mouth widened slightly with the ghost of a superior ‘Hm!’ -- pg. 169
A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about … like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees. -- pg. 172