The following conversation took place tonight at Ben’s place of employment. The customer was on the phone.
CUSTOMER: Yes, I was wondering if there might be a new book by Tony Hillerman coming out sometime soon.
BEN: Uh, I don’t think so but let me just double check on that…
CUSTOMER: My son-in-law likes to read Tony Hillerman. His birthday is coming up. I thought maybe I’d get lucky and get him something he hasn’t read yet.
BEN: Well ma’am, I don’t see anything new from Tony Hillerman. You — you do know that he passed away, don’t you?
CUSTOMER: Oh my! No I didn’t. When did he die?
BEN: According to Wikipedia, 2008.
CUSTOMER: Oh dear.
BEN: I’m very sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
CUSTOMER: I had no idea.
BEN: Yeah. I’m sorry.
CUSTOMER: Well! This is shocking.
BEN: Yes it is.
CUSTOMER: I suppose I won’t be getting my son-in-law any new Tony Hillerman books then.
BEN: Probably not any new ones, no. Perhaps one he hasn’t read yet?
CUSTOMER: Oh I’m rather sure he’s read them all.
BEN: I see.
CUSTOMER: Well then. Thank you, anyway.
BEN: I’m very sorry.
CUSTOMER: Yes indeed.