“I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind and that of the minds of the ones who suffer the bereavement” (Faulkner 14)
This is one of the first moments we can get inside of Peabody’s mind in this section and access a moment in his past rather than what he’s physically feeling and seeing. It’s just interesting that you have a doctor who isn’t healthy, and views death in a non-physical way. Life is mental. He’s very unsympathetic and thinks of it more as a phase for the people who lost someone.