Can the subaltern speak? What is counterfactual here is speech. The fulcrum is a child devoid of voice, interpellated into passive servitude. Already spectral. The father: a glib hardseller, but reduced to guilt & grief, as if the commodity he sells is spurious. The quietism of their lot is deafening, a tacit admission of complicity, much to the relief of their bourgeois masters & the apparatuses of the state.