There is a scene in which Death enters the toy store (shopkeeper played by Terry Pratchett himself) and buys a wooden horse, outbidding whoever ordered it.
That boy outside in the frost with his nose stuck to the window staring at that toy is presumably Albert in younger form. Was Death's purchase meant for him?--Anyway:
So my question is, which took place first chronologically?
Earlier in the story as presented, Death and Albert are sitting at a table chatting. Albert shares how many years ago, in his childhood, he wanted a toy horse he saw but didn't get it, and coped with disappointment. Instead, later, his dad carved him one homemade, if I remember correctly. Later, Death decides to go "back in time" to the toy shop and intervene--can he even do that?
OR: By the time the two are sitting at the table chatting as old men, Death already knows about it, as that was him at the toy store many years earlier buying the horse, but does not comment nor acknowledge this to Albert. No time travel is performed. The scene later with Death at the store is merely a flashback to an earlier time.
Either way I am confused about Death's intentions, or how/if he wanted to help the boy Albert.