Chapter 43 Summary

Marion believes in a world in which past and future can “smack together” and in which a father who ran away to put a continent between him and his sons will find himself in the same room as one of them.

Marion spent years longing for Thomas Stone to come walking through the gates of Missing; the disappointment helped shape and harden him and reminded him that he must be ready for a lifetime of difficult moments. The life lesson of Missing and Thomas Stone is that “the world does not owe you and neither does your father.”

There has not been time for Marion to do what he promised Ghosh he would do, so Marion does not feel guilty about not following through. He has developed a respect for Thomas Stone...

(The entire section is 1834 words.)