In the morning the telephone rings; when Daniel answers and asks if it’s Bea, the line goes dead. It rains all day. In the evening, Daniel walks by the Aguilar house, but sees nothing to give him any information about Bea. Daniel doesn’t hear from Bea for the next seven days. Daniel says this week is “the longest and the last of my life,” and states that in seven days he will be dead.
This is a startling and confusing pronouncement. On one hand, it seems as if Daniel has some foreknowledge of his own predetermined destiny. However, it’s also a reminder that Daniel-as-narrator is writing down his memories of the past, and that he’s very conscious that he’s creating a literary work.