When the author creates the stage for when Link arrives in Camden for the first time, Swindells’ character Link is displayed as naive and making a few crucial mistakes that can not repair. He then further elaborates this more when his character Link quotes this metaphor “You’re on the old downward spiral,” When Link says the words old and spiral it makes it seem as if Link has had more mistakes before he was even homeless. As a result of this, it causes the readers to feel some type of sympathy for Link. This further adds on to the fact that once you make at least one tiny crucial mistake. There will never be any turning back.