1 They met and bowed to each other while wondering whether they should have bowed at all.
2 Bowing was quaint. But a certain quaintness can be behovely and they were behovely people. Or, if not behovely, quaint.
3 Meanwhile, in the tower, a man with evil intentions was exercising his intentions. The tower was a symbol of evil and of exercise.
4 Meanwhile, in a side street, an angry man was in conversation with an angry woman. It was only a side street, not a major thoroughfare.
5 Meanwhile, in the parked car, a man was examining his conscience with all the care of a gentle child examining a spider.
6 Meanwhile, in a starving garret, a fat author was writing a fat volume in which he was defining garrets in terms of hunger.
7 Meanwhile, in a bedroom high above the city, she was putting her clothes back on having taken them off, as if by habit, to no purpose.
8 Meanwhile, in the hardware shop, a man was searching for a screwdriver of precisely the right proportions. In his hand he carried a screw.
9 Meanwhile, in the last chapter of the book, a small rodent was in a dangerous state of indecision concerning its next move.
10 Meanwhile, in the bar, two small men with colds were disputing the validity of a claim by a third that he was a disinherited baron.
11 Meanwhile, he was holding her hand with such infinite tenderness that he failed to notice that her hand had long been removed.
12 Meanwhile, their lips met. But it was only a dream. Then one of them woke up. Afterwards they could not agree who had dreamed the kiss.
13 Meanwhile, the explosion tore through the tunnel. Meanwhile, the cat leapt from the window. Meanwhile, other things happened.
14 Meanwhile, the story teller had taken a break, but they went on listening to the silence that told a different story.
15 Meanwhile, the war went on and the generals in the castle ran out of razor blades. War was being conducted by the unshaven dead.
16 Meanwhile, there was nothing to do but to admire the power cut or to start a relationship without power, completely in the dark.
17 Meanwhile, in the dark, a certain light was brewing. It might have been dawn but it was hard to tell at that stage of the story.
18 Meanwhile, cataclysm followed on disaster. It was the latest in a series of apocalypses. Seriously, it was gettting a little tedious.
19 Meanwhile, there was still courtesy. He produced a flower from his sleeve, she produced a scented handkerchief. The rest could go to the dogs.
20 And so they went on bowing though their backs were aching. That’s the trouble with courtesy, said one. It is infinite in scope.