“A story is like life itself; in life, we do not expect to understand events as they occur, at least with total clarity, but looking back on them, we do understand. So the reader of a story, looking back on it after he has finished it, understands the relation of events and the order of actions." (P. 219)
Mortimer J. Adler and Charles van Doren. How to read a book. New York : Simon and Schuster, c1972.