Significance of the Photograph
The picture was taken on the last day of Henry's life. It was taken just before Henry lost his life either because of a thoughtless mistake or a need to escape memories and living (the psychology driving Henry is ambiguous). The picture was the last family moment recorded just before Lyman failed to save Henry from the overburdened river.
Henry posing there with Lyman photographically captured the first time Henry voluntarily touched Lyman since returning. Seeing himself posing there with Henry, Lyman remembered the way Henry's arm felt that day, unyielding and unlike in times past when they were relaxed and comfortable with each other, sitting still for "whole afternoons."
[H]e took his other arm and put it on my shoulder, very carefully, as though it was heavy for him to lift, and he didn't want to bring the weight down all at once.
Posing there with Henry was the...
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