“You have three children,” he said.

Clancy waited for him to say more. The boss sat. Clancy realized no more was coming, and so he nodded.

“You have three children,” now the Boss was happy. He showed the pleasure of a man who is about to trounce another at debate. “You have three children, but you say you have only known her [he meant me] a year.”

The room was quiet.

Clancy swallowed, then he brightened and said, “Ah, but I have many wives!”

Amie Barrodale, “Letter From India: The Permit, Part 2”


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