The Crumbling Empire
|Sources of Stability|
|Patience Peel, your aging mother|
|Harriet Chalmers Adams, your rival|
|Martha Peel, your younger sister|
|Pillars of Sanity|
|If you can shoot it, it can’t hurt you|
|Nothing can compete with the dangers you saw in Africa|
|Ignore the pain and it will go away|
You have just returned from Africa, where you unearthed ancient and strange cities in dense forests. While there, you were attacked by a lion and survived. Having coped with that, you feel nothing could scare you.
For the last week, you have been with your elderly mother in Chelsea, an affluent part of London. These visits are becoming longer, you find, since her memory is not what it was. When you arrived, she did not recognise you: the first time this has happened. You wonder what will happen to her: will you be expected to abandon your travels and look after her?