Silently I try to dig a tunnel using whatever tools we can find in the house cellar.

The curate is no use at al. He just sits and moans. I have to keep telling him to be quiet. After a day's digging the tunnel collapses, noisily. I hod my breath in case the Martians heard. I was lucky this time, but dare not risk digging again.

Should I try to wait another day and hope the Martians leave? But the curate keeps eating all the food I find. Should I threaten him with violence to make him stop eating so much? Or do something else?