They bundled him in a flight suit, took him into a room where stood a tank of icy water. "Put him in," said Dr. Volker. "We shall see how long he lasts in this suit."
He had constructed a memory of the old homeplace; as they put him into the water, he drifted back to his youth, sleeping in a room with the rest of the family; a warm fire burned all night. As hypothermia took him, he slept peacefully, surrounded by his family.