Old Faithful, a symbol both of nature's strength and inexorability, awes its spectators for both its unbridled and magnificent power as well as its clocklike regularity. Old Faithful reminds us of nature's spectacular power but also of the comforting regularity of many natural occurrences: birth and death, day and night, the turning of the seasons, the motion of the earth relative to the stars. Gram immerses herself in the beauty of the powerful geyser, attesting to her acceptance and appreciation of the forces of the natural world. Her communion with the geyser, her sudden tears in the car afterwards, her sleepless night, and Sal's determination to finish Phoebe's story foreshadow a predictable but tragic confrontation between Gram and the forces of time and nature.