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.