Riding The Stage over the Tassajara Road this summer in the seat behind Lasse and Inan, most of the time I couldn’t actually see their faces, but there was so much gentleness in just the way their heads tilted toward each other.

Similarly, when my friend Renée and I set up this calamitous scenario in the Student lounge, in which a plush chihuahua administers CPR to Woody from Toy Story, I was astonished by the intent tenderness evident without even seeing the face.