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He pushes me for a bit over the field but the wheels keep seizing up, even though the grass is short and it hasn’t rained in a month. Sainsbury’s trolleys are shit. There’s a Waitrose just opened up where the Safeway used to be and their trolleys are built like Volkswagens. Sainsbury’s get theirs from France or Italy or Korea or something. They’re like Daewoos. Although Ming says Daewoo means fuck yourself in Chinese, which is the only reason I’d ever buy one. How many was it in the end? I heard thirty.
Again he ponders. I think the word I’m looking for is meaning, he says. Teaching to my mind has meaning. Genuine meaning. I did not appreciate that answer either. It seemed pompous and it seemed calculated. He might have read that answer in a book. He asks for a glass of water. I have not offered but he asks for one anyway. I have Janet bring one in and he thanks her, rather obsequiously. He takes a swig and then seems unsure what to do with the glass. He makes a motion towards my desk but then changes his mind.
They heard a jubilant holler from the open-plan office outside. They heard clapping. Lucia and her boss looked towards the sound but their view was obscured by the smoked-glass wall. ’ ‘You’ve got until Monday. I need your report before lunchtime. ’ ‘So one day. ’ ‘It’s Thursday. ’ ‘Then prioritise, Lucia. ’ Lucia folded her arms. ’ Cole nodded, almost smiled. ‘Thank you, sir. ’ Walter called out to her as she strode past his desk. She ignored him, carried on walking, but Harry was blocking her path.