SŌSUKE had been relaxing for some time on the veranda, legs comfortably crossed on a cushion he had set down in a warm, sunny spot. After a while, however, he let drop the magazine he had been holding and lay down on his side. It was a truly fine autumn day, the sun bright, the air crisp, and the clatter of wooden clogs passing through the quiet neighborhood echoed in his ears with a heightened clarity. Tucking one arm under his head, he cast his gaze past the eaves at the expanse of clear blue sky above. Compared to the tiny space he occupied here on the veranda, this patch of sky appeared extremely vast. Thinking what a difference it made, simply to take in the sky in the rare, leisurely fashion afforded by a Sunday, he squinted directly at the blazing sun for a few moments, then, averting his eyes, rolled over to his other side and faced the shoji.

Make a difference mean: have a significant effect on a person or situation.

I think here "what a difference it made" refer to Sosuke and his good feeling after watching the sky. Am I right?

Source: The Gate by NATSUME SŌSEKI Translated by WILLIAM F. SIBLEY

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Yes, you are right. More specifically, it refers to the clause "simply to take in the sky in the rare, leisurely fashion afforded by a Sunday"
That's what made such a difference to him.

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