Once the war was over, the narrator went to Mrs Dorling's address in search of her mother's belongings. But the woman pretended not to recognize, her. Nor did she show any intention of returning the things which she had taken from the narrator's mother. The narrator was shocked to see the 'nice belongings' of her mother being used in Mrs Dorling's house. She felt nostalgic and decided that she would not try to take them back, as they reminded her about the horrors of the war. Since their true owner was no longer in this world, the possessions had lost their meaning. She felt that it was better to forget the address of the uncharitable Mrs Dorling, which symbolised a tragic past.