Tilda and Sam are two patients in a psychiatric ward. They have built an imaginary world together, and their connection brings them comfort. Their lives are overshadowed by the threat of reality, sometimes in the figure of the psychiatrist treating them, who they refer to as The Person.  In this speech, Tilda tells Sam how she coped before he arrived on the ward…

When I first came here, there was nobody here – nobody. I had so much space around me I thought I’d die of it. And I couldn’t fill it with anything except…me.  So one day I made somebody up. The first one was Tankee. For a long while she just stood there in the dark and then she came closer and she was my true friend. She always walked a little bit ahead of me to ward things off. Oh, she was lovely! And then one day, just when I was most comfortable with her, she sickened and died…Then I made the twins up. They were a boy and a girl – but you couldn’t tell them apart. They were different from Tankee. They weren’t as kind-hearted but they were lots of fun – they ran races without ever moving and they pulled practical jokes. Then one day they started to hit me. They pushed me up against a wall and they kicked me and beat me. I kept saying to them: ‘Why are you doing it? I’ve always loved you! – why are you hurting me?’ And when I couldn’t talk anymore, they disappeared – they just faded back into the loneliness…And then I realized who was doing those things to me. It was The Person. He turned all my friends against me. And you know how he did it? He made me do terrible things to them! I drove them away! […]When I realized he was making me do that, I stopped making people up. I just sat there and sat there. And if anybody started to come into my mind, I made it go dark, I pulled down the blind! And I thought: there’s nobody back there – and there’s nobody here – and there never will be! – not anywhere! – never!  (she has come to the end of the unhappy part of her story. Now ever so slowly, her whole being changes. She is like skies in old Bibles, with the light coming through clouds.) And one day I opened my eyes a little. ..and you were there…And you’ve never hurt me…and never gone away.