A short chapter, but an important one.
Snuff is woken up by Graymalk, who has come to tell him about a fire. (He can't tell when she's smiling, either.) They go to investigate the Good Doctor's place, and find out through a quick interrogation of Bubo:
1)The fire was more or less an accident. (Caused by a large tantrum.)
2) The Good Doctor and his assistant may have perished, it's unknown, and the "experiment man" escaped.
3) The large man is put together from the pieces of dead people. (As I'm sure NO ONE would ever have guessed. *cough*)
4) The big one - the Good Doctor was never part of the Game. Bubo just said he was to be treated like one of the other Players, ie: not hunted down and eaten by the nasty predators and so on.
So now Snuff gets to do some re-calculating, taking the Good Doctor out of the equation. And he invites Bubo along to stay with him, which seems to be a recurring theme, and this time the orphaned animal accepts. And even Gray is being all nice and continuing to "extend him professional courtesy." Huh.