In a particularly lively, beautiful section of the novel, Moses recalls his childhood home on Napoleon Street, illuminating his beginnings as the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants living in the slums of Montreal. We see the difficulties of the family of new immigrants, from money to a new language and lifestyle. Moses loves his family greatly. He says he has been accused of childish familial love, but does not apologize for it.

The section ends with the thought that Nachman's love, Laura, must have committed suicide. Death ends a section of the novel that was full of love. Death is a focus throughout the novel, sometimes looming over happy moments.