JOSEPH rises and ranges about the room listlessly. He picks up a photograph of RONALD that is lying on the cabinet. He stares at it.
(without looking up, remaining focused on his book)
What do I look like?
You look like a scholar.
Scrutinizing it closely
Smoldering into the camera.
(Still not looking up)
Do I wear glasses?
Am I waving at you?
Does smoldering mean smile?
It means to burn slowly with no flame.
(finally looking up)
That is not a very nice thing to say.
(Hurriedly, to appease him)
No, this is a compliment, burning like the embers of the campfire...
He pauses as if summoning up the words.
the hot cherry of a rope set aflame... the coals of a sauna.
Wow, you are making an effort to get me back in the comfort zone
He closes his book and places it on the table.
OK, I am back in front of the fireplace. Now tell me a story.
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