"Just ignore him and he'll go away, my mother used to say to Gillian when we were young and I bugged her. Just ignore him. All he wants is attention. In retrospect, there seems to be something almost cruel about that--to simultaneously acknowledge and refuse someone's desire for attention--especially a child's. All he wants is attention, as if it's bad to want attention, like wanting money or power or fame. Perhaps it's why I prefer to be ignored now; I've been warped in some irreversible away. Of course, I'm sure I've been warped in countless irreversible ways."