wht is first day cover????? and and y do we say that stamp collection of charley was 'temporary refuge from reality'? as charley collected stamps by his own the it would be that he buys it from present new york so how cn we say that stamp collection is temporary refuge??

The first day cover is the envelope the stamp collectors used to mail to themselves when a new stamp is issued so that the postmark will prove the date.They save it in their collection.
Stamp collecting is called a temporary refuge here because Charley's friends consider it to be one of his ways  to escape from his worries and tensions,i.e. the hard realities of his tedious life.That's why it's called a temporary refuge from reality.It's not based on where he collects it from or anything like that.
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