Every now and again George tries some sort of reverse psychology on Mama Gin. And then he remembers that reverse psychology with a psychotic person is a labyrinth you would best not walk into.
One day Mama Gin came down to tell George about an article she read in one of her Chinese newspapers. This article told her that men who don’t get married, but who instead choose to live with other men, often get depressed and commit suicide. “See, you need get marry!”
A little while later when she came down to repeat her wisdom for about the fiftieth time in one hour, George tried the following tack with her:
“Mom, you coming down to bother me every five minutes is making me very depressed. I’m so depressed I might kill myself. I cry constantly because you won’t leave me alone. Why do you want to make me cry? Please leave me alone.”
That shut her up, and she went back upstairs. But oh, how his victory was short lived.
A few days later, when I was home alone, Mama Gin came down.
“Tom, I want talk to you. Georgie sad. He crying. Cause of you. You live here. No good. Georgie need get marry.” It was very Mrs. Swan-like, the way she said it.
“Mama Gin, I think Georgie is happy living with me. He doesn’t want to get married.”
“No, Georgie crying. He sad. You move out.”
“Well, if Georgie wanted me to move out, I would. But he doesn’t want me to. He likes it with me here.”
“But I want Georgie get MARRY!” She was losing her Mrs. Swan-like casual tone.
“But Georgie CRYING!”
“Well, I think he cries sometimes because you bother him all the time. Just leave him alone, and he’ll stop crying.”
“No, no good, no good.” She walked back up the steps.
But of course, we had to replay the scene about thirty times before she wore herself out.