“Well, don’t let him fail. He deserves that from you after all these years.”

He shook his head. “You can encourage him to step down. Just for a few weeks. Call it a vacation. Go on a retreat or something.”

“He never listens to me, Michael. I’m a wife, not a colleague. And I haven’t been confident enough around him to be blunt. For years.”

“If he won’t step down, I promise, we’ll watch him carefully. All the staff. We all want to get him through this.”

“And the incident report?”

“There’s nothing I can do. It’s gone too far.”

She opened the door and turned as she got out as if she were going to say something. But she shut the door, and he watched her walk slowly in the rain to the house, her movements tentative, as if she dreaded entering again.