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Do you think that the third level was a medium of escape for Charley? Why?


Yes, Charley always wanted go back to Galesburg, Illinois of 1894 and third level acts as an medium for him to go back to those peaceful days. After his incident of Third Level he confronted his psychiatrist friend, his friend called it "a walking-dream fulfillment", as a result of his strong desire to escape. Therefore Third Level act as a medium of escape from modern world full of insecurity, fear, war, worry.


What do you infer from Sam's letter to Charley?


The letter sent by Sam was actually to Charley's father and he found it in his grandfather's trunk of stamp collection but, never saw it before in it. It tells us that it's could be intersection of real world and fantasy. He was living in reality but, due to his eager desire of escaping the modern world of insecurity, fear and war, as he saw his grandfather's trunk his subconscious mind made him think about a letter from sam to his grandfather telling that he found Galesburg and explaining about it. This can be proved as sam's explanation exactly matches with charley's thought about Galesburg of 1890s. This act as an motivator for him to continue his search of third level.


The modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and stress. What are the ways in which we attempt to overcome them?


In today's world everyone tries escape from modern world full of insecurity, fear and war. Each and everyone have their own way to escape from reality, nowadays in the world of social media most of people use it as a medium of entertainment and to connect with like-minded peoples and share problems with each other. Games are another way, as games are more interactive it helps connecting with each others in a better way and disconnects us from reality. Several people use to follow their hobby which gives them inner peace. Several other use art forms, like, music, dance, etc. as a medium of escape which helps them to relax their mind and can also motivate them. There is one thing in common in all these ways, distracts our mind from reality and help us escape.


Do you see an intersection of time and space in the story?


Yes, there are few instances in the story that shows an intersection of time and space. First and second level of Grand Central station were located in the present time whereas third level was in 1890s. Secondly, old architecture, room was smaller, the information booth in the centre was wood and old-looking. Apart from architecture the people were also dressed like, eighteen-nineties. Third, newspapers was, The World and it was printed June 11, 1894. Lastly, Finding of Sam's letter to Charley's grandfather with date of 18th july of 1894, as the letter says, Sam was there on 18th july, 1894 at Galesburg but, in reality he was not even in existence at that time. All these instances tells us about intersection of time and space.


Apparent illogicality sometimes turns out to be a futuristic projection? Discuss.


Apparent illogicality sometimes turns out to be a futuristic projection, we have several real life examples to prove it. Like, earlier in a country like India with abundant rivers and surrounded by three huge water bodies, everyone thought who will purchase packaged water but, Bisleri owned by Ramesh Chauhan made it possible in a very great way. Before wright brothers it was considered that humans will never fly but, they made it possible. Earlier it was considered that wireless communication is impossible but our great scientist Jagdish Chandra Bose invented first radio signal and made it possible.