We are men and women of the stage, Rémi says.

We are romantics; we are fanatics; we are addicted to dramatics; we are hung up on theatrics. We can respond to events most comfortably if we place them with preset contexts of rising actions and climaxes, denouements and resolutions, epilogues and expositions.

Rémi and I are frightfully aware of this, even if the actors around us selectively blind themselves to the scripted lines and the director's notes they so readily follow.