Julian would be isolated no matter where he lived. There was an impenetrable barrier between him and life. Peter and David knew that their parents did not think this way, and would not tolerate thoughts like that. To some extent the barrier surrounded Simon and Harriet as well.
They chose to remain on the island, to remain in their house overlooking the bay, and its dark patch. They chose to refit the old boat shed to meet Julian’s needs – which were meagre. His brain had been starved of oxygen too long. He could breath but that was about all. Helen Porter, who had lived on the island for two years at the time of the ‘accident’ was employed to provide his daily nursing needs.
Simon set up his office in the rear of the boat-shed and Harriet read softly to Julian each morning as the sun streamed through the windows.