Episode 16: “Prig N. Pfeffer’s Grand Entrance”
“‘How am I to get in?’ asked Alice again in a louder tone. ‘Are you to get in at all?’ said the footman. ‘That’s the first question you know’”
L. Carroll “Pig and Pepper”
As often happens, the technical world came up
with a replacement for babbitt.
This discovery ended Alex’s
(and, in fact, his favorite ride)
for his automobile was repossessed.
Alex was reduced to
working for wages.
It was humiliating.
Even the beaver,
the moose and
the fish were
To make a long (and meaningless)
story even longer I offer
“Good morning Alex” said the lady as she
walked up to him with hand extended.
Alex was sitting in an
(He had been here before to fill out a job application.)
Now he had returned at the request of
the personnel manager.
Alex rose to his feet
and zipped on
(and most charming)
“Good morning. Ms. Pfeffer I presume?” Alex asked.
“Presume nothing about me” demanded Ms. Pfeffer.
“Also, you can drop the title of Ms., for I am neither
Ms., Miss, or Mrs., I am simply Prig N. Pfeffer.
You may address me as ‘Pfeffer.’”
Alex was taken aback for a moment.
When he had finally regained
control of his brain he said
“Of course mm—mm – – –
Pfeffer. Sorry about
“Don’t apologize. Never apologize for anything
while you work here – – – – – IF you work here.
Our motto is “Never apologize and
remain arrogant at all costs.”
“Of course, Pfeffer – – – –
(Alex repeated this motto quite dutifully.)
Pfeffer (Miss, Mrs. or Ms., whatever she was)
looked over her narrow glasses
and down her nose at Alex.
After a very long pause
(and until she knew Alex was very uncomfortable)
she raised her right hand.
The back of her hand
was towards Alex
and her fingers
Finally she raised her index finger
and with it motioned
Alex towards her.
Alex was very nervous about taking
a step forward because Pfeffer
was already in his face.
Being more afraid
not to follow her
made a slight