On the ride home Felipe asked, "Has she bought a house yet?" "Not yet. But she says she's looking."
"It's been over a month already since you gave her the money, hasn't it?" "Yeah, but the place she wanted, it wasn't for sale . . ."
"Be careful, darling," Felipe said. "Don't let this drag out too long. Don't let this situation get all Balinese on you."
"What does that mean?"
"I'm not trying to interfere in your business, but I've lived in this country for five years and I know how things are. Stories can get complicated around here. Sometimes it's hard to get to the truth of what's actually happening."
"What are you trying to say, Felipe?" I asked, and when he didn't answer immediately, I quoted to him one of his own signature lines: "If you tell me slowly, I can understand quickly."
"What I'm trying to say, Liz, is that your friends have raised an awful lot of money for this woman, and right now it's all sitting in Wayan's bank account. Make sure she actually buys a house with it."