This couple came in, came in very together and walked around the shop together and nodded over the books together. They hardly said anything.
Sometimes I heard them murmuring and laughing about something but only briefly. They were in the shop for ages, spending time in all the sections, reading even the children’s books silently and smiling over them. They spent a long time with a book by Jorge Borges called The Book of Sand. They talked and talked about that one. When they got to the science fiction they did not handle any of the books. They stood and looked up and down the titles, sometimes they said something to each other but they did not pull out a single book from there.
They did not buy any books at all but when they left they thanked me for having a bookshop.
Sculpture ‘The Couple’ by Kieta Nuij