Small Plays About My Day

… tiny true dramas in a Charing Cross Road bookshop

Student Card

Posted on | November 9, 2009 | No Comments

Dapper gentleman with cravat: Tell me, how do I qualify for a discount on this book?
Walter: We have a student discount offer, if you have a student card.
Dapper gentleman with cravat: I have something even better than that. (Takes a card out of his wallet and flashes it.) An old age pensioner’s card.
Emily: I’m sorry, we only offer a discount to holders of a student card.
Dapper gentleman with cravat: And why doesn’t an old age pensioner’s card qualify?
Emily: Because it’s a student discount.


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  • "In a town like London there are always plenty of not quite certifiable lunatics walking the streets, and they tend to gravitate towards bookshops, because a bookshop is one of the few places where you can hang about for a long time without spending any money."
    George Orwell