I realize that there is a thread with buttons in the title but that one has more to do with Morse Code.
I'm wondering about those infamous buttons that scattered on floor.
Given Johnny's way of misinterpreting the world around him, how might the buttons represent something other than mere buttons?
Finding the missing lead from the bullet on the second of the two collage pages brought me here. Where? To a hypothesis; To a wondering-- the corduroy's coat/jacket's buttons. There are two types of buttons that come to mind when I think of the corduroy coats I've seen:
That '70s blazer has sort of dome-shaped, perhaps wooden buttons. The heavy material needs something more substantial than the wafer like buttons used on, say London Fog raincoats. If they're the wooden ones with that sort of knot shape, maybe that relates to the Yggdrasil Tree- relating to life while it lives.
The type of corduroy jacket I had once had bore buttons similar to those on a denim jacket with words emblazened in a circular format not unlike some of the strange text on one of the pages in HoL and in a similar fashion as the words that describe the caliber/calibre on the flat end of a bullet. This would relate to death or maybe a false sense of power (recall why he kept those guns, holding on to them).
The way in which the buttons make appearances in the book is really not that different from the way people and places have been brought up and we see people and places and times redefined or muddled in Johnny's words.
Maybe the buttons make this a kind of choose your own adventure book but, then again, the missing lead in the empty shell in the collage would be foolish to overlook in such a book of clues.