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Part One closes as it opens—with chapters narrated from John Singer's point of view. Singer is nowhere near as affected by his visitors as they are by him; his sole desire is to have Antonapoulos back with him. Again, it is striking how little reciprocation Antonapoulos exhibits. Nevertheless, Singer is never happier than when he is with his friend. When Singer returns from the trip, the fact that he does not tell any of the other main characters where he has been reminds us of the fact that he does not reciprocate their confidences. Indeed, seemingly every character in the novel—with the possible exception of Biff Brannon—confides in someone who does not reciprocally confide in him or her.