In "The Door in the Wall" by H. G. Wells, Wallace's entire life is affected by his belief that he entered a magical garden: how did this affect him?

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It is notable that Wallace's only experience of actually entering the garden came when he was between five and six years old, and yet he can still recall that experience vividly even decades after the fact. This, in and of itself, illustrates just how much that experience has captivated him across the course of his life.

Wallace recalls his time in the garden as a source of wonder, but at the same time, it also represents a source of deep regret. Remember: for all that his memory of the garden has exerted a powerful hold on Wallace's imagination, Wallace himself is of the opinion that he has actually had several opportunities to return to it throughout his life, but he has consistently set the garden aside, favoring more immediate goals and pursuits. In this respect, one might say that the garden's hold on him is not quite absolute. But even so, these decisions have resulted in a great deal of regret and second-guessing, emotions that seem to have grown over time. Thus, we observe...

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