<< Suddenly the rug is pulled out beneath Neil's
feet when Laura dies. Thus begins the gradual 'disintegration of Neil into
'isolation' both physically & mentally from fellow human contact. >>
True -- but remember that it was Neil who pulled that rug! He was no
innocent victim of lost love. He had Laura killed, because duty came first.
Reminds me of Tina Turner's song.........."What's love got to do with it???"
(Now I'm really dating myself--maybe no one here even remembers that one!)