Ghosts (detail from The Burden)

Having been repeatedly humiliated in public, we lost what few friends we managed to make. And so, we were going it alone. Without any privacy in our leased apartment that could be entered at any time (we were eventually given a lock by our "landlords", and even this did little), SIL and MIL had fodder for the gossip which shaped our communal reality. This led to our move, (escape) across the country.