Mrs E and Mrs L are constant companions, but none of us other residents can understand why. It seems to us that Mrs L would eventually kill Mrs E.
Mrs E constantly berates, nags, and scolds Mrs L. Mrs L, through stroke or advanced age has lost most of her expressive speech and is somewhat confused. But Mrs L seeks Mrs. E’s company. She’ll walk into Mrs E’s room.
Mrs E: Good Lord, you scared the pee out of me. What do you want? Why do you walk in like that? Do you think I want to be scared? If I wanted to be scared I would look for a roller coaster. What do you want?
Mrs. L: Come on.
Mrs E: Come on where? Where do you want to go? Why don’t you say where we are going? Tell me.
Mrs. L: Down there.
Mrs E: Down where. Speak. Tell me where down there is. Am I supposed to guess? Jabber, jabber. All you do is jabber. I don’t know what you are saying.
…and it goes on like this for hours. It is a strange symbiotic relationship. Mrs E needs to scold, and Mrs L needs to be scolded.
Mrs L comes to breakfast but Mrs E likes to sleep in and have her morning coffee in her room.
Mrs E sent Mrs L to fetch her coffee this morning.
Mrs E: Go get me a cup of coffee.
Mrs L was going down the hall with a cup in her hand and Mrs E was standing in her doorway waiting. Halfway down the hall Mrs L stopped, holding the cup, looking confused. Mrs. E waited a moment, then grew impatient and stormed down the hall in her nightgown to where the bewildered Mrs L was standing.
Mrs E: Where’s my coffee? This is empty. I asked for a cup of coffee and you brought me a coffee cup.