The Foundling’s Return: A Rant

I have to say that I felt a little disappointed with the Foundling’s return on page 134. After the years or decades that the man has been searching for his wife and the foundling ended up being an unsuccessful journey, I almost expected Bell to end the novel with some sort of unhappy ending in regards to the man. I feel like Bell’s decision to say “Just kidding, there’s the foundling and here’s an explanation as to why the man didn’t find his wife” changes the entire course of the novel – maybe second chances can be had? But how can the man really learn from his neglectful behavior or the literal destruction of his world if he is given another opportunity to “fix” his life? And will anything be fixed? Or is destruction inevitable? 

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