A little gem:
(Talking with some people’s like moving up higher screens in a computer game.) (p. 158)
I believe Jason’s referring to his growing relationship with Madame Crommelynck, but since he has just described his parents’ current state to her, it may as well be a reference to theirs. What’s so neat though is the comparison Mitchell has Jason using, of the nature of man and his means of communicating to the technology of computer gaming which is, after all, a simile of reality.