In the black and yellow garden there was only a single man, but this man was as strong as a statue and this man was walking up the path and he was Captain Richard Madden."The future exists now," I replied. (60-61)
Captain Madden's arrival is described in such a way as to make him seem like the manifestation of a looming destiny. Notice the repetition of the words "this man"– his presence is as undeniable and immutable as a statue.