Friday, January 14, 2011

Murphy in Retirement

As Murphy grew older and older, people grew more and more kind.

At Rosie’s Luncheonette, where the Blue Plate Special vied with the Businessman’s Lunch, as the biggest seller and most profitable item respectively, Rosie now implemented the Detective Special, For P.I.s Only: a modest meal for a price that was beyond all modesty: for everyone know that the aging shamus had seldom two red cents to rub together. It was her least profitable item (operating break-even, so Rosie said; though everyone assumed it was at a loss), and her slightest seller (having a customer base of exactly one). It was priced at a dime, though Murphy always left a quarter, claiming that he had no other change.

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