The state and extent of the slime is the bitterness and dying of water, a slack ooze that may have some of the properties of a solid but not the impedance of a solid. Rather, just as it clings slimily to the lips, I can suck it or dispose of it, it is in control. In a form of sucking that does not relax its grip, formerly leech-like suffocation, the mucus seems to embrace and inhibit its own possessive form.