Sunday morning.  I am in Grenouille’s bedroom, setting out medications and switching off the overnight machines, before starting to unwind G’s bedclothes, which have somehow got twisted over and over into a thick rope.  G’s eyes open.


“Good morning”, I say, tugging at the sheet, “and goodness me, whatever has happened here – have you been fighting crocodiles in your sleep?”

G gives me an old-fashioned look, then disappears briefly as I finally get the sheet pulled up flat to the head of the bed.  I straighten and smooth the quilt and fold the linen back down over it.

G, reappearing, says decisively, “Actually, no.  Bad guys.”

There is a beat’s pause, then G adds, “I don’t like crocodiles.  Much.  But bad guys are worse.”