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Photographing Fairies is one mans search for what is real in a world that has horribly disappointed him After losing his wife the day after their wedding the main character Castle losing all hope and all lust for life During World War I he is indifferent to imminent danger and seems to have to compunction about losing his life to a German bullet After the war he carries on his daily routines without a smile or real purpose He goes through the routines of manufacturing photographs of the families of dead soldiers as if the soldiers were still alive by having stand-ins and pasting over the faces with old photographs of the lost loved ones They did try to capture the personality of the dead with physical mannerisms While the poses were being manufactured Castle had a rather pragmatic and yet negative perspective that he shared with one of the families This view carried over until he went to a showing of photographs of the mysterious and unexplained Much to the chagrin of the presenter Castle takes apart the entire illusion of fairies in a particular photograph claiming that there is an explanation for everything When asked about his own personal situation Castle shuts down completely and refuses to say anything of his emotional state He seems to have no personal feelings appears cold and unfeeling After leaving Castle is approached by a rather intelligent woman Beatrice who swears that she has proof of the existence of fairies with a photograph of one of her daughters At first Castle lends no credence to this idea Upon further examination of the photograph Castle sees that there is indeed a being and becomes passionate about figuring out what it really is He is filled with a burning need to come to a rational solution to this puzzle He cannot merely accept the existence of fairies without going to the place where photograph was taken Beatrices home
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