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Cafe Jazz #10

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I like historical fiction, she told him, seeing herself as Joan of Arc, burning not at the stake but on a huge pyre of books. The soldiers looked on mournfully, but the crowd would have its way. She was sure one of the soldiers was Ray Bradbury.
And biographies, she added, as the smoke bit the back of her throat and she coughed.
They paid separately before they left. The waiter looked disapprovingly at Colin, who appeared not to notice. As they left, the doorchime jangled shut behind them like a drawerful of spoons falling into an oversized coffee cup.

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    Neville Hunt almost 2 years ago

    Di the waiter think Colin should have paid? Or something more sinister?

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    Frenchie almost 2 years ago

    Maybe the waiter is old fashioned. Or Italian. Italian men, in general, will still pay for the drinks and food on a first date. French men? Not so much. They will split right in the middle (again , a generalisation but I do know my fellow countrymen). So, the waiter must be Italian, old fashioned and a gentleman. That is why he is glaring at Colin who, in my humble opinion, should have insisted to pay for the coffees.

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    Drew Martyn almost 2 years ago

    Personally, in hindsight, I think Colin's a bit of a dick. He definitely should have paid, it also makes the likelihood of another meeting a little better better. She can pay next time if she wants to :)

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    Neville Hunt almost 2 years ago

    Agreed re Colin. He’s got no idea how it really works. Maybe he was trying to be pc and not treating her as someone to be treated. I recall one of my secretaries, Jane, was an arch-feminist. She wouldn’t allow any man to open/hold open a door for her... except me. Her rationale was that I would have held it open for a bloke too (true as it happens) and on that basis I was just being polite and not chauvinist! (Personally, I reckon you can think these things through too much...🤔)

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    Drew Martyn almost 2 years ago

    Haha with you there, Neville. I'm a door holder by nature, unless I don't like someone - in which case I quite enjoy holding it open then letting it go at the approriate time. Pathetic and silly, I know, but it never fails to amuse :)

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    Neville Hunt almost 2 years ago

    Haha! A bloke’s got to have some fun though 😁

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    Christopher over 1 year ago

    Nice reference to Fahrenheit 451.

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    Thanks for noticing that reference. Sometimes I feel a bit of a poser when I put stuff like that in, but what the hell ;)

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