Friday, March 16, 2018

Unanswered question

I came downstairs after shelving a cart of fiction, and I was on my way to shelve a cart of non fiction when I came upon two co-workers consulting in a particularly intense manner. It looked like some serious, deadly serious library business. I heard one of them suggest flatteringly "Let's ask Feldenstein. He knows things."

"Oh!" I said.

The two exchanged a look.

"Where do you get lye from?" One of them asked me.

Resisting all the rich opportunities for puns I replied straightly. "Ashes." I answered.

And I was so delighted to know things, and to know the answer to their question that it didn't occur to me until hours later:

What on earth were those two up to?

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