- The couple at the restaurant:
Picture a long narrow restaurant with booths lining the walls to the right and left. The front of the restaurant doubles as a bar, and it’s packed with people laughing and drinking. The back of the restaurant is quiet. Only three booths are occupied. In a booth on the left wall, a man and a woman sit together. They’re both in their late 30s. The woman has highlighted blond hair and wears stylish casual clothing. She sits with her elbow on the table, shading her eyes, and looks only at her plate. The man’s clothes are out of date. He wears an greatly oversized button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up to just below his elbows. His hair is dark and short; it’s starting to bald at the temples. He sits, arms flopped to either side, staring at his lap.
The couple sits for half and hour without looking up. In this time, neither one says a single thing. The waitress drops off their check in front of the man. He says something to her, maybe “thanks” or “will you take a credit card?”. The waitress leaves. The woman slides the check over to her side of the table. They continue to look down, silent.
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