Thursday, 31 January 2013

Frayed Necktie

            I watched him as he came up the mezzanine steps to the credit department, studying his worn suit , his frayed necktie, his scuffed shoes. Knowing, even as i waved him to a new account booth - with the very first question that i asked him - that he was on the sour side. And feeling a surly happiness in the knowledge.

Jim Thompson
A Flaw in the System

image from
Strangers on a Train

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