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April 2017, vol 13 no 1

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Peter Butler

Monologue in the Bar

He appears quite shy and nondescript but, after the third glass, barges into somebody else’s conversation and amplifies another’s thoughts, before expressing his own, eventually at length until, over time, he monopolizes a fresh audience of strangers, while remaining unaware, as evening draws in, that he is still the one paying for the drinks.

pub emptying
a gentle shove
from the landlord