"Then I put my arms around him and pull him down on the bed, saying: ‘Yes – yes – yes. …"

The final line of the book describes Sasha’s desperate submission to a person she hates and fears – her need for the human touch grown too great to bear. It also pays homage to Molly Bloom’s soliloquy in James Joyce’s Ulysses (‘I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.’). But while Molly is breathless with sweltering, sensual elation, Sasha is merely resigned: her moorings are cut and she has willingly drifted into the arms of her fate.