If you haven’t yet read Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard, then this illo probably looks rather odd! Even if you have read the book, this particular moment may have slipped past you, since it was expressed in one simple sentence.
It was just one of several insights into the thoughts of the characters. Some are rather profound, some are sad, some are provocative…and in this case–some are rather random as well as amusing! 😉 A mental image popped into my head as soon as I finished reading it, so I felt compelled to attempt a depiction of Gabriel’s quick mental note.
In the second book of the trilogy, Gabriel finds himself with a bit more free time than he would like. Unfortunately, Julia does not share this abundance of leisure time. So while he does his best to fill each day with activities, he finds that it does not provide the results he is after. While realizing this fact, he contemplates some rather surprising alternatives…but in the end it becomes clear that nothing can replace what he was missing…
For some reason, I always imagined a friendly, sweet-looking dog, but an irritated, ornery-looking ferret. Picturing Gabriel and the ferret together with the same grumpy expression just seemed perfect to me. 😉