"Non Fui. Sum. Fui. Non sum."

Translating as I was not. I am. I was. I am not, this Latin epigram derives from the teachings of Epicurus. Arguing that all sensation and consciousness are terminated at the point of death, he held that death could entail neither pleasure nor pain. Fear of one's own demise, therefore, involves an irrational supposition that the conscious mind that is aware of death as a loss somehow continues after its owner has expired. The expression conventionally ends in Non curo: ‘I do not care’. Quentin’s omission of these final words suggests both a lack of reconciliation with the fate which he, nevertheless, does not question and a failure to fully comprehend suicide as the termination of awareness.