Tuesday, July 05, 2005

From "Tricks" by Alice Munro, in the collection Runaway

Supper was a stew or a thick soup, served in a bowl, with bread and red wine.

"Stroganoff," he said. "I hope you like it."

"It's delicious," she said truthfully. She was not so sure about the wine--she would have liked it sweeter. "Is this what you eat in Montenegro?"

"Not exactly. Montenegrin food is not very good. We are not famous for our food."

So then it was surely all right to say, "What are you famous for?"

"What are you?"


"No. What are you famous for?"

That vexed her, she felt stupid. Yet she laughed.

"I don't know. I guess nothing."


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