Apart from the ring thing, Livia’s lunch with Sofia was the kind of small talk two women not close to each other might engage in. Sofia was sympathetic to Livia’s loss, but quickly moved on when Livia talked about Tony.
“Do you still go over to Marcia’s on the weekends?” asked Livia, “or is your love life keeping you here?” she added mischievously.
“Not as often,” replied Sofia, “why do you ask?”
“Wondering if you’d noticed how strange Tony’s behaving lately. Terry’s death really cut him up.”
“Cut him up? What a brilliant idea! When?” suggested Sofia, prompting a laugh.