| Quote #4
There was some talk of how difficult it had become to govern. (16)
Again, it's like the talk exists in a bubble, cut off from the speakers. This is just a summary of the conversation, a kind of condensed transcript. It too looks like this is just for show. Are we really supposed to feel sympathy for the difficulty of governing?
| Quote #5
The parrot said hello from the terrace. (17)
You can't blame a bird from trying. He's the only one to try to make friendly contact with the visitors, and he just gets shot down. No, not literally—at least, not yet.
| Quote #6
My friend said to me with his eyes: say nothing. (19)
That's a lot of silent saying. Notice also that the eyes—key elements in providing witness—are communicating where words cannot.