She lies in this alien room and aches.

She lies in this alien room and aches. Her mind and body howl. All that she can normally keep tamped down springs into life…It is not that he is ever forgotten, but mostly emotion is dormant; it lies quiet, biding its time. And then every so often something brings it raging forth, and she is back…with the raw new truth of it…

She should not have let herself be made unwary by wine, flattering attention, questions and the temptation to expand on her own achievements.

Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger