The intersection of time and space is seen innumerable times in the story. Charley tries to buy to Galesburg but discovers that he has present-day currency. The stairs that lead him to the third level are also seen to be of the 19th-century pattern. Charley also opens up a first-day cover which is supposed to be blank from his grandfather’s collection of stamps and imagines it to be Sam’s letter.
In all these instances Charley is transported to a parallel world of imagination where everything happens according to his wishes. This makes him very satisfied. But simultaneously when he experiences things of the contemporary world, he gets confused.
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