of embodying possibilities drawn
from a shelf, more than a rack of
ideas, reserved in our experience
to the repulsive or well-to-do -
less commonly the same thing, back
then - we would occasionally specu-
late in merry, almost doting wonder.
But then another round would be pro-
posed and we'd move on to who had
lately turned up missing from our
gatherings. They didn't care if we
remembered, and by such attritions
we all felt prettier to forget. Pos-
sibly Gérard demurred at this im-
modesty, but no one could suspect
him of wearing us, rhetorically.