"He died," said Fox by way of responding to Aurelia's question. She spoke with that childish relish of one too young to think deeply about death. "Some people think he wasn't really cursed, but I think he was."
In response to Aurelia's latter statement, Auden wrinkled her nose. "Well, yes," she conceded, "There is, but I can get it all from books. I don't like being told things - I like to find them out for myself."
Ira, meanwhile, was conversing with Saul. "I can't read maps properly yet," he admitted, "We're just learning about climate in different parts of the world at the moment. Like...um..." he knitted his brow, trying to remember something interesting, "It's actually really really cold in the Sarhara desert at night."