Alice recently discovered a man called Zedadias had moved in to the house across the road from the park, and this person had a television! You can guess she was eager to gain entrance and take advantage of the luxuries of a house that wasn’t yet rejecting her.
This was a new experience and you can tell she’s feeling a little awkward. Sitting on a sofa, watching moving images, idly chatting, not being told she was acting inappropriately. Her stress disappeared over the course of an afternoon. She’s managed to relax for the first time since childhood.
It wasn’t long before her exhaustion prevented her from continuing, so she sneaked off to Zedadias’ bed.
For a little while, he didn’t even seem to notice, and she thought perhaps he didn’t even mind. But he did eventually come in, and the old complaint about inappropriate behaviour came out again.
I think he looks sad because he actually came in to use that bed himself.
He cheers himself up by making silly faces in the mirror, though. Zedadias has the ‘childish’ trait.
Next: A lack of public toilets