“What’s it like, teaching in Japan?”
Head tilts forward with a hint of a grin, eyebrow raised, “You ever read Orwell?”
Wide-eyed now, “As in 1984? Big Brother, Room 101… Thought Police!”
Chuckles, then breaks into a full smile, “That’s society. For understanding what goes on around the ‘business end’ of education, A Clergyman’s Daughter is a good read, especially for people on the teaching side of that ‘profession’.”
“No. Haven’t read it. By the way you talk about it, it reminds me of that gentleman’s joke the jowly one told… something about merely negotiating a price.”
“Well, it can be like that. What I’m thinking about is Dorothy’s story, particularly Chapter 4.”
“Here, let me try. Will only take a few minutes. Anyone who has done the rounds should be able to get every line. Here, let me pour you another one."
IPA image of cleansing beverage 'borrowed' from here.
In a soft, reassuring tone, "It’s on the house. Now, just sit back, relax, and get ready to watch the thoughts scroll.”