Read Chekhov's short story, "Terror," which, according to David Jauss, is an example of a "temporary or relapse climax." This is one of Chekhov's most common endings. Characters change temporarily but revert to their previous conditions. Jauss's article is in the March/April 2010 issue of The Writer's Chronicle.
In "Terror," the friend tells in 1st person POV Silin's story but it is the friend who changes as result of Silin catching the narrator and Silin's wife together. Silin, at the conclusion, still does not "understand life."
Listened to Tim O'Brien's twenty year-old story, "The Things They Carried," read by Dylan Baker on the radio program, Selected Shorts, performed at Symphony Space in NY.