My girlfriend’s parents have gifted us

money to buy some sturdy second-

hand furniture. There is a shop

which specialises in wicker chairs

and sofas. I can’t say I’m smitten

by the idea, but my girlfriend

is inspired. When we reach the store,

the proprietor, who is older than the sea,

greets us vigorously. He is an enthusiast.

He is soon in a warm discussion about

how to furnish modern dwellings.

Within twenty minutes our generous

budget is blown. My girlfriend glows.


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