The narration switches to the reader’s point of view: you are told that you are looking through Robert’s old family photographs that are kept in the public archives, along with maps, letters, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia from the war. These “fragments” symbolize an entire age, and the past seems to disintegrate as you sort through the materials.
The fragmentary memories in the archives are a symbolic representation of the World War I era. During this time, people’s personal lives, societal structures, and belief systems were fragmented by the traumatic violence of the war. Findley also employs postmodern techniques like using the second-person tense as ways to disrupt the narrative.