The Phoenix Team turn their eyes compassionately but rather sceptically too on the boss. “David, it gets rough sometimes, and we think you well meaning, but rather idiotic. The Past is a foreign country, they do things differently there, and always did. Have you forgotten the difference between life and work? A play, film or book is there to entertain, inform, inspire and produce catharsis, all the other stuff is the real and important stuff.”
David mumbles something beginning with “B….s” and says, “Look at the Kipling quote in The Blood Garden. I started writing it to bring someone a life.”
So the happy team open the novel, only to find words like this:
Oh, the years we waste and the tears we waste,
And the work of our head and hand
Belong to the woman who did not know
(And now we know that she never could know)
And did not understand!
There is a loud shout of NEVER COULD KNOW and BORING across the office and everyone has some fun.