Yesterday afternoon, a man came in with a bottle of champagne. He had seen a copy of Black Beauty in the window. He left the bottle on the counter and examined every book on the window table before returning with Black Beauty. He said he was also hoping for books by Monty Roberts, and that if I wanted to know about horses, I had to read Monty Roberts.
There was another customer here, looking through The Counties of The United States of America, and saying out loud, ‘This really is the nuts and bolts of the USA. It’s so complicated. Look at it. Look at this map.’
The other man said, ‘Have you read Shy Boy?’
‘This is the only book that actually shows how the counties have further subdivisions.’
The other man said we should all read Shy Boy: The Horse That Came in from the Wild, by Monty Roberts. He stood thinking, tapping the top of the bottle, and said that a couple of years ago, he –
Two people passed the door, walking fast. One said, ‘Well, we don’t have to worry about getting married.’
The man with the bottle of champagne turned abruptly and watched them walk by.
The other man said, ‘Look at this statistical table, it’s really up to date.’