One of my most vivid memories is of coming back West from prep school and later from college at Christmas time.
At this time, Nick has a flashback on his childhood, describing his home to us. He probably traveled by train, spending hours in the carriages among other children his age, all excited to return home after school. A scene relatable to this one would be in Harry Potter, as they all travel back to London on their train after the school year in Hogwarts.
This represents a moment of happiness in Nick’s life, of returning to the welcoming West, and he experiences it again in the present, as he leaves behind all the materialism and corruption of The East.
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