Age of Iron
"You can wait indoors till the rain stops, then I want you out," I said coldly, and turned my back on the pair of them.
I changed my clothes, locked myself in my bedroom, and tried to read. But the words rustled past me like leaves. With mild surprise I felt my eyelids droop, heard the book slide through my hands.
When I awoke the one thought in my mind was to get them out of the house. (2.152-154)
"Can I ask you a question?" I said. Where did you live before? Why did you start wandering?"
"I was at sea," said Vercueil. "I told you that."
"But one doesn't live at sea. One isn't born at sea. You haven't been at sea all your life." (2.367-369)
"And you want to go home?"
"Yes, I want to go home. I am in pain, I am exhausted."
He turned and walked on. I hobbled behind. Then he stopped again. "You want to go home," he said. "But what of the people who live here? When they want to go home, this is where they must go. What do you think of that?" (3.108-110)