On Parallel Structures at the Beginning and End (Especially in the Short Story “Burn”)

Yesterday I read Daniel Swensen's short story, "Burn," and it caused me to think on parallel beginnings and endings. I won't spoil the story for you. It 's a short story, and anything spoilerish would destroy the anticipation. But I will say this: the beginning jolted me into the story, and the end jolted me out. …