In Shadow’s continuing narration, Theophil buries the letter from his fiance and decides to pretend to be happy. The day everything changes is when the neighbors have a big picnic, a celebration of some sort or other. One of the nieghbor children trips, bumps his father, and his father spews his lemonade and spills his plate of food all over Theophil.
Everyone is left fearing how this will affect Theophil, still newly emerged from his grief. After stunned silence, he bursts into laughter–and the whole bunch of neighbors bursts into laughter with him.
We talked about language, and whether certain words seem more modern than the time which Shadow is describing, and the need to sometimes have a stronger visual sense of the narrator.