“he’d pulled away his mask in the night…” (5) what kind of mask is he referring to? Suggest reasons why they may travel with masks on their faces.
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His "mask" would be his demeanor or facial expression. At night, the father was free to be himself. He didn't have to hide his feelings because there was no one there to watch. During the day, the family was fighting for their lives. His fear would only add to their own.