Nothing about the dream is whimsical or gentle; certainly nothing about it is what one would call dreamy. Roul flickers from place to place, architectures from childhood with celebrities and dead uncles imposed on them.
It’s not a lucid dream, but it goes on for so long that at length Raoul assembles his moments of self-awareness into a slow and turbid stream of thought.
He remembers the diagnosis, the treatments. He remembers his lungs failing.
So this is the afterlife: a dream from which there is no waking. No gentleness, no whimsy, no sulfur, no choir.
Raoul hopes to forget.