Ser Basil is smoking.
No, I do not mean a Havana cigar, dear Reader.
The hem of his pinstripe trousers appears to be smouldering.
A brief, brilliant flame shoots up.
Ser Basil, dear Reader, is spontaneously combusting before my very eyes.
After a while, Lu-Seal appears.
‘I’ll just pop these ashes in here’, she says, picking up an object from her trolley.
It is the fourth Urn, dear Reader.
Lu-Seal sweeps up Ser Basil, puts a lid on him, and writes, ‘1952-2015. Professor Ser Basil Agrimony Stevia Lovage, son of Lupin and Marigold Lovage (Props. Lovage Lettuces Grocery Store), father of Asafetida,
dearly beloved Vice-Chancellor, University of the World of Laminate.’
The fourth Urn, dear Reader, has been filled at last.