The Question and Answer section for The English Patient is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Sorry, this is only a short answer question forum space.
That sounds to be like "subject by subject".
From the text:
There is a man named Caravaggio, a friend of my father’s. I have always loved him. He is older than I am, about forty-five, 1 think. He is in a time of darkness, has no confidence. For some reason I am cared for by this friend of my...