By Isaac Asimov
The 3rd within the Black Widowers sequence, a suite of witty and cleverly concocted conundrums approximately assorted themes and with sufficient details given for the devoted reader to see the reply earlier than Henry the waiter does so. as soon as a month the Black Widowers membership meets to get pleasure from sturdy meals, tremendous wine, convivial corporation - and to entertain a guest.
Each month the visitor offers them with a conundrum - a secret which has up to now proved thoroughly baffling.
And so the Black Widowers got to work at the challenge - aided and abetted via Henry, their perspicacious waiter, whose powers of deduction by no means fail to astonish...
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He stated, “It’s as much as you, Tom. ” Trumbull frowned ferociously below his white and crisply waved hair and acknowledged, “I will imagine, Mr. Washburn, that Mario has defined to you that the money, for what we are hoping you are going to agree is an excellent dinner and at the very least partially edifying dialog, is a grilling. To our questions, you'll be anticipated to respond to absolutely and in truth, even if that could be embarrassing. i have to guarantee you that not anything acknowledged the following ever leaves those 4 partitions. “With that preamble, permit me say this. i'm really not a pass judgement on of masculine pulchritude, Mr. Washburn, however it turns out to me that ladies could pass judgement on you to be good-looking. ” Washburn flushed and acknowledged, “I wouldn't attempt to account for women’s tastes. nonetheless it truly is real that i've got chanced on that i will be able to, infrequently, allure ladies. ” “That’s a really modest method of placing it,” stated Trumbull. “Does the communicate carry besides? Do ladies allure you? ” For a second, Washburn appeared questioned. Then he frowned and stated, “Are you asking me if i'm homosexual? ” Trumbull shrugged and acknowledged in a degree voice, “In those occasions, it's a permissible query, and it truly is even permissible to reply to in an open affirmative, if that are supposed to take place to be the case. I ask out of no own curiosity, I guarantee you, yet only out of interest over your past indignant comments approximately ladies as a bunch. ” Washburn cozy. “I see your aspect. No, I’m drawn to ladies. some distance too . And it was once no longer the intercourse as an entire that i used to be quite berating. i used to be amazing out at one! One lady! And myself! ” Trumbull hesitated. “The logical thing,” he stated, “would be to question you, Mr. Washburn, pertaining to this lady who so distresses you. but I hesitate. at the one hand, it's a mainly deepest subject, which i don't desire to probe and, at the different, if you happen to don’t brain my announcing so, the main points usually are principally boring. i guess each one people in our time . . . ” Avalon interrupted. “If you don’t brain, Tom, you're exhibiting an unusual blend of delicacy and insensitivity. i'm ready, along with your permission, to take over the grilling. ” “If you're thinking that you are able to do so, Geoff, in the bounds of excellent taste,” stated Trumbull huffily. Avalon lifted his dense eyebrows to greatest and stated, “I imagine hugely of you, Tom, and but have by no means thought of you an arbiter of fine flavor. Mr. Washburn, i've got no desire to probe wounds unnecessarily, yet allow me wager. Your outburst got here in the course of a dialogue of the professionals and cons of feminism. may possibly we take it, then, that your unsatisfied adventure, no matter what it was once, concerned feminism? ” Washburn nodded and acknowledged, “It yes as hell did. ” “Good! Now it can be superfluous to invite this, yet was once no matter what it was once that occurred anything that has occurred to many others? placing apart the nice ache it could actually have prompted you and the original sadness you could think of you have got felt, could you on your calmer moments imagine that it would be the typical lot of male humanity? ” Washburn appeared misplaced in proposal, and Avalon went on as lightly as he may. “After all, thousands were jilted, hundreds of thousands were bought out, thousands were betrayed via their fans and their pals.