Mrs. Drover returned to a London that had been badly damaged by bombings. As she walked toward her home, she noticed the "broken chimneys and parapets." In 1940 and 1941, the Nazis bombed London and other British cities by airplane. Many buildings were damaged. Some people lost their homes to the German bombs. Others found their homes damaged by the bombings. Residents who were able to chose to leave London to escape the stress and danger of the bombings. They went to the English countryside to live. This was what the Drover family did, leaving their house to be watched over by a caretaker. The Nazis strategically chose to bomb cities and large towns, which were densely populated.
Once Mrs. Drover reached her house, she found that her front door had warped and "there were some cracks in the structure, left by the last bombing." After she left her house, she observed "the unoccupied houses... [which] continued to meet her look with their damaged stare." As she walked through her neighborhood, she found there to be a "silence exaggerated this summer by the damage of war." Many of the houses were empty because other neighbors had fled London.
There was significant evidence in the story of how much London changed after the bombings. These repeated descriptions of the damage and the mention of empty houses showed the impact of the bombings. These drastic changes revealed some of the reasons why the Drover family chose to relocate to the country.