I like that when Jane goes back to her Aunt that there isn’t a great big reconciliation. I like that there was tension and anger in the reunion. I do wish Charlotte had worked harder to show the Aunt as more human and not an anthesis to Jane, however.
This has got to be one of the most original first chapters I’ve ever read.
I suppose what Calvino is doing here is trying to describe the process of reading, of immersing yourself in art, but he’s also interested in everything except the story. He describes all the books you pass in the bookstore to get to his book and his actual story, in the station, is told by showing all the people who ‘extras’.