The day after Esther's food poisoning experience, she is too sick to go to work, and she is resting when she receives a phone call from a man. He turns out to be Constantin, a simultaneous interpreter from the UN whom Mrs. Willard knows. Esther is excited — partly because she likes to "collect" men with unusual names. Then she is disappointed when she realizes that he is calling her as a favor to Mrs. Willard. But she does accept his invitation to visit the UN and then have a "bite to eat." Constantin's choosing of words, via Mrs. Willard, immediately causes Esther to be annoyed with him. His call reminds her of Buddy Willard's hypocrisy that she so despises. It also reminds her of all the minor problems with social manners that she finds so disconcerting — such as how much to tip. Esther seems to have a difficult time negotiating simple things such as breakfast in bed. So
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.