To be honest, this story reminded me of “Bartleby” because I could not finding a meaning within either story when I read them. For this story, I felt a sense that the narrator was trying to make sanity a main theme of the plot. The narrator says he “lost consciousness” and his hearing went off balance and thought “the sounds increased in strength and sharpness” even though it was just his watch ticking. At the end, it says “perhaps he has merely recovered from a delirium”. Peyton, the main character, seems to border on the line of sanity by the way the narrator describes him. The narrator does not seem to sympathize with Peyton, because he makes the reader question Peyton’s actions with the amount of thoughts he has. Also, there is a sense of hope in the story when Peyton keeps coming back to thoughts of his family. When he escapes, he wants to see his family first. However, when he dies at the end, hope is completely destroyed especially when he almost reaches home.