I want to kill them, Rémi says, if you must know.

When I was young, he says, when I was your age, I used to say that if a pistol ever found its way into my hands (if it fell from the sky!), the first thing I would do is put it to my head and pull the trigger.

Now, he says, I would point it straight at their hearts and never stop pulling the trigger, find a larger gun and keep shooting them, blasting them away until even their own souls couldn't recognize the corpses they would want to wriggle back toward.