- A truce with ourselves in order to give us time to bury our living.
- Pride walling itself up.
- To keep shop without a show-window.
- To go to sleep in the lap of the inevitable.
- A covered walk to the interior of ourselves; a subway to some other form of trespass; a peephole into the enemy's fortress.
- To play possum when one hears the footfall of Fate on the stairs.