It would be fun, Alex thought, to give Cora something for no reason at all.
He had not planned to give his wife a present, but when he saw the red glass fruit bowl, he could not resist it. It
came near being the prettiest bowl he had ever seen.
From time to time he bought Cora such a gift. She went in for beautiful dishes. He himself didn't know the first
thing about them.
"I'll take this one," Alex told the clerk.
"Yes, sir. Would you like the individual fruit dishes that go with the bowl?"
Before he answered, Alex looked to see if he had enough money, just to be on the safe side.
As a rule he didn't carry much with him.
"Not today, thank you. Perhaps later."
"Very good, sir. We keep them on hand regularly. Do you want this wrapped as a gift?"
"What is the occasion? A birthday, perhaps?"
"No, no special occasion."
That wasn't exactly true. Cora always made it an occasion when Alex brought her a gift.
In a few minutes he was on his way home.
They lived in a modest little house, and although it was rather old-fashioned, it was in a nice section of the city.
It wasn't too far from the office where Alex worked.
There was a bus stop at the corner, and two blocks away was a big shopping center where Cora could get almost
anything she needed.
In other words, it was in an excellent location.
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