The Chestnut Tree
The point of the chestnut tree is that it is not a chestnut tree. It simply exists, free of ‘essence’, or any assigned meaning. It is at that moment that Antoine is pulled from the past he has immersed himself in (his book), and is fully aware of what the nausea which has been ailing him truly is. It is the sickening awareness and freedom that is caused by his realization that essence is...