| Quote #4
Just before falling asleep she caught herself thinking that once or twice she had already been in that room; she remembered the pink picture on its wall (33).
For the prostitute, too, there is a sense of a re-created past in this room. Lines like this suggest that the eerie atmosphere isn’t just in Chorb’s mind, but that there is in fact something spectral about this very setting.
| Quote #5
And Chorb heaved a sigh of relief, for he realized that the ordeal was over. He moved onto the green couch, and sat there, clasping his hairy shins and with a meaningless smile contemplating the harlot (35).
This is the "return" to which the title refers – Chorb has left the past and returned to the present. He has completed his mission, in a sense, which is why he smiles at the harlot.