Couldn't he hear her talking? He hadn't seen her in a while and as soon as she saw him, he accused her of leaving a spot on the rug. She said, "I didn't do that. I haven't even been here."
And she felt really weird when later on she got talking to him about something that he was really interested in and suddenly he acted like he didn't know what she was talking about. He also seemed to sound like he didn't even care.
And she just realized that it had gone in one ear and out the other.
Then as she was talking about all kinds of things she suddenly felt like she was talking to a statue. Unresponsive wasn't listening to a word she was saying and it was like she was telling a story to a ghost.
He did have stress in his life, but even so. She was suddenly with him again after missing him for a little while. He had a crisis in the family and was acting like he was miles away. And suddenly, Ramona was with him, yet, she felt like she was not.
Driving home, he was quiet. She was talking a mile a minute about family stories. He parked the Volvo and said in a mean tone, "Lock the door."
And that was it. For the rest of the night. He was quiet. He fell asleep and Ramona wondered what he would do if she just up and packed up her things in the middle of the night and left for home. What would he think then?