That sounds like the lead-in to an off-color joke. “A cigarette if you’re lucky, antibiotics if you’re not.”
I think I’m going to have to just go in a different, more leisurely direction on this one. It’s been a bit of a downhill race from the beginning, with each downbeat being the opening for the pickup to the next section. The ear hasn’t really had any time to catch its breath. I think I need to ease up, or else the thing runs the risk of being a one-trick pony or exhausting the ear. Essentially, it’s time to slow down a bit and play the role of the andante second movement to let the ear get a breather.
We’ll see how that goes.