Tea in the bakery1

The other day I went to a bakery. I told the lady to give me a dozen cookies. She said, "I am sorry. We only have eleven."

I said, "Fine, then give me eleven."

She could easily have pretended that she had given me twelve. Who was counting? But some sincere people do exist. That is why we are still alive.

Eight or nine months ago, I drank some tea in that bakery. The lady still remembers. She always says, "You don't want tea?"

This is the famous shop that always burns down. Previously there was another owner. He used to shake hands with me and give me everything half price. Whatever the item was, he used to give me half price.


  1. TCE 15. 12 May 1983