Hey, Inri.... yesterday someone suggested that you and I are twins, and that we went to the same Wordsmith College. What a nice compliment that was!
Anyway, yes, although I can understand the allure of a sudden transition into the nonphysical (minimal pain), the game of transitioning out more gradually makes more sense to me. I think it made sense for Jerry as a gift to Esther, too, considering what she said in her email about how she appreciates the help releasing her resistance to croaking.
See you at the Wordsmith College reunion!