That was a rather shocking turn-about in the boy's behaviour. Meek as a lamb one moment, kicking out and shouting the next. "Oh, be quiet, Fabian!" Reuben said, after having tried to hold the boy still. "You're being stupid! But if you think you can walk yourself across the room without Mrs Ramsey taking you back in for that bath you can suit yourself!" He said, shifting as if about to drop the boy. "There's nothing wrong with asking for help, and you didn't mind asking a second ago."