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Very kind of you to say that, Scott! Confess I'm a tad frustrated with this section. What? So short?! And, like you, I feel a bit short-changed when Iris is off the scene. Finding out what must have happened to her lover via the mirrored experience of the lovers in the story-within-the-story lessens the impact, I think.

Agree with Helen that the quality of writing continues to be tremendous.

Can't wait to see how Iris's own story rounds off. Still some loose ends. Does Richard get his come-uppance? What was the deal between him and Laura? Will Iris be reconciled with her granddaughter Sabrina?

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