This is one of the only parts of the book dealing with beauty, the end. Does this signify that beauty comes at the end of a war? Does that mean the war was not beautiful? If the war was not beautiful, then what was it? Ugly? Yes? No?
Ugliness is not the absence of beauty. If you have a blank canvas, it has the absence of beauty, but is not ugly. When something is not ugly, it doesn’t mean that it is beautiful.
over the river a golden ray of sun came through the hosts of leaden rain clouds.