At a cafe in Waterstones book store in Piccadilly Circus, late afternoon.
Therapist/Friend: Your wife has a job and you don’t. She’s a consultant and she can work anywhere, and you can’t. You live in Leeds, which is parochial. I don’t think it’s for me to tell you where to have your baby and live. But I think that you have come here [to England], and you have to work with what you’ve got.
Man: (Stares silently into his coffee)
Therapist/Friend: But that’s a separate question. You need to get a job. And that takes hard work and application. It’s like climbing a ladder. It all goes round and round and round in your head. And I think that confuses you. Do you know what a merry go round is?
Therapist/Friend: It’s like at a fair, with a horse that you sit on and you go round and round. And you need to get off. I would just turn the switch off, and get off the merry go round.