In an alternate universe, Vincent gets to speak with Kee. He presents his case eloquently—the man knows four languages for heaven’s sake! She becomes mesmerized by his vision to become the world’s greatest painter. Doesn’t notice the candle burning low.
Years later, Paul visits the couple from Arles.
“You still on your own in that ugly yellow house?” Vincent asks him.
Paul hangs his head, embarrassed. Glances at Kee in the kitchen. “How did you do it, mon amie? How’d you keep your hand above the flame long enough to convince her?”
Van Gogh winks and whispers, “Fire-resistant paint!”