Alice told me Rick, he must be nearly eighty, had gone down three times on the ice, he went down hard and his back is bad. I saw him go down on the corner she said, you know he goes out for his paper, it was treacherous, I won't go out she said, no you mustn't, I echoed.
Then up in the village by the stonemason, you know the pavement is so bad there said Alice, he fell again. How does she know these things. Anyway I said should I pop round see how he is does he want anything should I take him to the clinic, No.
And Doug said you can't do that he wont like that, you see he's very independent, he never had anyone care for him, you couldn't offer to help him, that would upset him.
Anyway I met Rick out of the paper shop a couple days later, well not very well he says when I asked, anything you need shouldn't you go to the, No, says he, Thanks, shaking.