The most striking example of this comes the morning after our protagonist suffers his first encounter with the hunters. His memories are intact and he expects to have suffered some real physical damage from the torture. Instead, he finds that he is completely well and proceeds with his morning. He sees what he wants to see and hears what he wants to hear. He does not listen for doubt, but looks for reassurance in the routine of his morning. He deems his traumatic memories a nightmare. Everything is normal. “ I hummed as I shaved and showered. I hummed as I shoveled down a breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausages, kidneys, tomatoes, toast, and coffee. I sand as I dressed in one of my new suit” (Wendt 63).
Although the protagonist’s world has changed, he seeks the normal so that he does not need to dwell on the strange and frightening. As a traveler, he is not learning about his surroundings or his own life circumstances because he looks only for what is safe.