I'm curious about the significance of the strings and what then mean to the lives of the orderlies. Something for geeks to muse about.
The strings were a sort of comfort. It kept them attached to their buildings and a tradition of 'things have always been like this.' Now without strings, they can go outside and move freely. Something they might not have even realized they wanted until they HAD TO give the strings up. That they've chosen not to go back the strings, for me, signified that they were moving forward. ^_^