When you’ve an itch, the instinct is to scratch it. But the more you scratch one place, the more places you need to scratch, and the more you scratch, the worse it all gets. When you have an entire body that is itching deep under the skin, then it’s hell. You feel that anything would be preferable. Pain would be better than itching. That was Marcus’s unravelling. With itching so bad, he simply couldn’t do nothing!
His scratching began in earnest. Luckily, or unluckily, for Marcus, as he had got lazy in his old age, his fingernails were very long!