The restaurant was tall and full of itself.
Have you been doing to a reasonable standard all the things now required of you?
Yes. Mostly. Almost mostly. Just about. Yes.
I de-bowled the cold pigeon slices onto the salad, and spooned on the granola and the fennel cream.
And this'll persist?
And you'll be taking them as inspiration in the things you do that aren't them?
Not if I can help it.
For you there is no help.
And the methods are still...?
The prevailing doctrine demands improvement, from everyone, at all times. I try to apply it. I admire its ambition.
The whole place must be gleaming.
At the ground floor reception there's twenty eight thousand pounds nailed to the wall. And it's ten feet up and it can't be removed.
Not so far.
It doesn't flutter away? In the winds of innovation?
It takes the form of a TV that's never on.
And this cost nearly double your yearly young go-getting income?
It also involved a man and some software that displayed information and a man to run the software.
And whither they?
Not sure. The information it used to display was already displayed on sheets of A4 paper.
My tits hurt.
The waitress removed our remains and filled our wine glasses. People celebrated results.
It can't be broken off and donated to someone who wants it?
It has to stay.
And what of this principle of permanent bettering?
It doesn't reach that far up the walls.
Who ordered this?
The waitress asked if we'd like another bottle. I nodded.
A long-gone somebody. Before the doctrine.
I'm experiencing a thing I don't want to experience.
We moved on to smoother subjects and waited for the fish.