Objects & Places from The Sense of an Ending

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Severn Bore

This natural phenomenon that causes the river to run backwards is described by the narrator in memories throughout the novel. It represents a reversal in time and also the narrator's exploration of memory.

Adrian's Math Formula

This excerpt from the document left to the narrator by Mrs. Ford represents the mysteries of the narrator's friend. Once the narrator uncovers the truth of the past, he also uncovers the truth of this document.

Adrian's Diary

This object, left to the narrator in Mrs. Ford's will, represents the past and the uncovering of truth. The narrator is never able to obtain this item as it has presumably been burned.


This symbolizes the youth and the innocence of the past, particularly within the social constraints in which the narrator grew up.

Tony's Music

This represents the differences between the narrator and Veronica. When trying to impress Veronica, the...

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