If Cavafy had a green book, it was for noting down his musings on Trojans

Amnesiac and her laptop are upstairs at Upstairs Auntie’s place.
As Upstairs Auntie walks past she sees the picture of the great Alexandrian poet and bad spectacles-chooser Cavafy which crowns
the last post.

Upstairs auntie: [Squinting and frowning] Dah meen dah? [Who is that?]
Amnesiac: Cavafy.
Upstairs: Meen? Gaddafy?? [Who? Qaddafy?]
Amnesiac: …
Upstairs: Sbelleeh keda [Spell it]
Amnesiac: C-A-V-A-F-Y
Upstairs: Cavafy…aaaahh [a lightbulb seems to light up]
Amnesiac: [Encouraged] Te3rafeeh? [Do you know him?]
Upstairs: La2. [No]

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5 Responses to If Cavafy had a green book, it was for noting down his musings on Trojans

  1. Basil Fawlty says:

    That was 20 seconds of our lives neither one of us is ever getting back..

  2. Amir says:

    I can just picture exactly how that happened too! The anticipation and glint in your eyes and the waiting, her delivering the no nonchalant and very casual, and you on a downward spiral. Excellent!

  3. Amnesiac says:

    Basil: Welcome to my life.

    Amir: Ta mate.

  4. Seneferu says:

    Damn, alifa rifaat taxi entertainment passed by pretty quickly:)

  5. Amnesiac says:

    Heh, yes it is a very slender collection of excellent short stories. I really enjoyed it.

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