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Notes on a Fastidious Character 2

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      Was there a way to continue wearing gloves though summer had begun?  Could you wear white gloves in this day and age?  Roland sat in the Chinese restaurant in his red leather gloves. Was there anybody, he wondered, who never went in a public washroom?  He wanted to be that person.  The queen: did a private washroom pop up out of nowhere whenever she needed one? The lemon chicken was about to come and he could not bring himself to take the gloves off, though his friend Nick was looking at them strangely.
     "Is there something I should know?" Nick asked, looking at the gloves. Roland had taken up his chopsticks with the gloves on.  The gloves, if you must know, were filthy, since Roland had not taken them off since November.


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