Fall 1990 • Vol. XII No. 4 FictionOctober 1, 1990 |

Die for Love

In front of the desk, a long expanse of gray painted floorboard stretches to the windows. Through the leaves of the plants, continuously struggling for their well-being, I can catch a glimpse of the old men's fleabag hotel if I remove my eyes from a letter I am composing on the typewriter. Either the old men are not modest, or the hotel has refused to provide curtains, for they perform their morning toilette nude in front of windows which look out onto the busy street. From here, I cannot distinguish their features or the emotions they express. From here, their flesh looks like a plastic substance, molded into indefinite forms, maybe arms, buttocks and legs.   This morning my eyes look up from the letter and see an old man by the hotel window. He is about to kill himself. There is no room for doubt: he is about to kill himself. His room in the old men's hotel is probably barren except for a bed and his few personal belongings—a razor, a wine bottle and a change of clothes

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