Some Awkward Situations

1. One is a bookseller, obliged to introduce an Author at her/his reading. Prior to the reading, the eager and charming Author asks one if one has read her/his book. One responds falsely in the affirmative, out of a desire to be polite. The Author asks one which part of her/his book was one's favorite.

2. One is a bookseller, obliged to introduce an Author at her/his reading. Prior to the reading, the eager and charming Author asks one if one has read her/his book. One has, in fact, read the text in question, and hated it wholeheartedly. The Author asks one which part of her/his book was one's favorite.

3. One answers the door to the Agency where one is currently employed with one's mouth full, expecting a messenger. A minor celebrity, who has come to meet with one of one's employer's colleagues about penning her memoirs, is waiting on the other side. The celebrity asks one a question. One must swallow rapidly, regretting one's regular habit of biting off more than one can chew.

4. One is discovered in the act of going about the office, springing all the mousetraps, in an act of solidarity with the Whiskerses. Many questions are asked.