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It was very late and everyone had left the cafe except an old man who sat in the shadow the leaves of the tree made against the electric light In the day time the street was dusty but at night the dew settled the dust and the old man liked to sit late because he was deaf and now at night it was quiet and he felt the difference The two waiters inside the cafe knew that the old man was a little drunk and while he was a good client they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying so they kept watch on him Last week he tried to commit suicide one waiter said Why He was in despair What about Nothing How do you know it was nothing He has plenty of money They sat together at a table that was close against the wall near the door of the cafe and looked at the terrace where the tables were all empty except where the old man sat in the shadow of the leaves of the tree that moved slightly in the wind A girl and a soldier went by in the street The street light shone on the brass number on his collar The girl wore no head covering and hurried beside him The guard will pick him up one waiter said What does it matter if he gets what hes after He had better get off the street now The guard will get him They went by five minutes ago The old man sitting in the shadow rapped on his saucer with his glass The younger waiter went over to him What do you want The old man looked at him Another brandy he said Youll be
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