"You can't cauterize the wounds with the story of the dog's hard life," Wayne had said of poor little unpetted and because unpetted, unpettable Pet. Was Watts the real philosopher when he said "things was as they was"? She was bewildered. She was in a country where she could not find her way. She needed a guide. Her throat grew tight, her eyes hot, at thought of how badly she needed her guide.