Barry was shedding Nobarry moving towards Barry Cool.
Everything he saw, felt, thought he would weigh…
‘how would Nobarry see this?’
and in almost all cases, adjust his perception 180o.
As nothing was real he could play the character he wanted. Yet, he could also view the boy he had been and the mistakes he had made.
As they arrived in the new town, and moved into the new house, Barry ‘invented’ a past.
How would any of the people he would meet at school or on the road know who he had been, what he had been?