"Yes, that's what the man back there said. I've been walking all day, you know. It's just lovely out there, don't you think? I can't hold up walking as much as I used to, I have to sit down in the pub and have a glass or two. It warms you right up."
She pauses to inhale loudly through her false teeth. "Yes, I think-"
"I used to be quite fond of walking. Dancing, too! My girlfriends and I would go dancing and the boys would walk right up to me and give me flowers and chocolates. They did! You wouldn't believe it to look at me now, but I was a very pretty girl."
"I wouldn't say-"
"It's a shame that doesn't last. Well, no use worrying about it. My daughters – I have four daughters, can you believe it? And all of them married now. I was in the Square today meeting my second youngest daughter's husband's mother and you can tell she never got over that. She's got a problem with her thyroid and she's quite large now, if you know what I mean. Poor thing. Can't live with anybody. She's far too particular about everything. She doesn't know how to let things go. You've got to let things go, do you know what I mean?"
"Living alone isn't good for older people. I'm glad my husband's alive. I shouldn't like to be lonely, I think it makes you peculiar, don't you agree?"
"Yes," I say, "with all my heart."