His drawing is automatic. The figures he draws are mechanical. They begin from the outside of the placemat and work their way in. She watches him draw.
I know what you are drawing, she says.
He does not answer her.
You are drawing The Magnificence, she says.
He looks up from his drawing.
Of course I am drawing The Magnificence, he says. He pauses for a moment.
How do you know that I call it The Magnificence? he asks.
Because everyone calls it that. And The Magnificence is not an it.
What is it, then? he asks. Which pronoun do you use? And who is everyone?
I don't know, she says. Everyone.
You are not helping, he says.
Eat your food, she says.