Sometimes one reads the after-word or the note before completing the parts that come first. Sometimes what we read afterward reverberates. For example, the simple statement:
Some sources contend that the war ended differently.
Once you’ve read the book, this sounds like exquisite understatement. The war in question being the Trojan; the story that of Pyrrhus as told by Mark Merlis in An Arrow’s Flight [Pyrrhus in the U.K.] And the strife between life ways is caught in that verb — to contend — always attentive to the alternative.
And so for day 796