'Simple', said IdrisPukke. 'I have allowed affection to get the better of my good judgement'. He could not resist the opportunity to expand on another one of his pet notions.'That's why it's much better not to have friends if you have the strength of character to do without them. In the end friens always turn into a nuisance of one kind or another. But if you must have them let them alone and accept that you must allow everyone the right to exist in accordance with the character he was, whatever it turns out to be.'
Paul Hoffman, The Last Four Things, Penguin Books