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119 the boys eyes saw only the tracks made by the skaters
 

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119 the boys eyes saw only the tracks made by the skaters

During the winter the ponds of New Rochelle were a favorite to ice skaters. Mother, Younger Brother and the boy would skate on a pond in the woods.  Younger Brother was a fan of skating and did considerably well at it. Mother would skate with the boy in hopes that it would move his attention from the indoors. It was a cheerful place because many adults and children would gather wearing many different colors and they would share in laughter. Marks were cut into the ice by the blades of the skates and the wicker chairs that were placed on runners for elderly people. It was said in the novel, Ragtime, "But the boy's eyes saw only the tracks made by the skaters, traces quickly erased of moments past, journeys taken." 

The novel is narrated in a third person omniscient style leading the reader to believe that it is someone outside of the story that is telling it. However, the progress of the plot represents the experiences and changes that occur throughout the little boy's life. As the story unfolds it becomes apparent that it is intertwined and the events that take place all affect the little boy's life. His journey throughout the novel represents change and knowledge that he acquires as he grows and matures as time passes while the story is being told.  Therefore, the statement reflects the duties and actions carried out by the little boy. He observes those around them and the actions that they take. Although these are only moments that pass by quickly, he absorbs each one and is able to learn from it. Other events are occurring simultaneously as the moments pass because other people's journeys are being taken as well. Each skaters path represented the choices they made which lead them to their different stories. The little boy used the experiences of others as a means of growth for himself. 

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