All criticism is autobiography*

Two women having lunch in the cafe, sitting close together at the end of the communal table, one monopolising the conversation.

“But I told the doctor I had a colonoscopy last December … and they’re going to test my reaction to gluten … and I’d just put on something in the slow cooker and it was really annoying … and my t-cell count is down and they think it might be due to … and I’m going back next week … and then they’ll have to do it …”

Phone rings. Glance. Telegraphs decision she will not be picking up.

“It’s Jan.”

Companion makes tiny gesture.

Woman: “She’ll be moaning about something …”

Conversation resumes.

*

* “All criticism is autobiography.” (Oscar Wilde)

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