worn dusty dark donkey jacket with leather patches on the shoulders hanging on a rack outside a

shop with. a forecourt

other objects are placed around

pieces of. junk

including a table bearing some chipped china plates and some tarnished brass trinkets

there are two salesmen

one who is in the shop is the Son of an older man who is out the back

the. Son is thin has fine blonde hair and is wearing a red check shirt

the father is shorter and wears a beige overcoat with. wide lapels it is double breasted and has a


he stands with his hands in the pockets

his face is drawn in at the cheeks and he has short light brown hair

blue eyes

he has. a frail ascetic bearing

the Coat has no price on it

it is very dirty and needs to be cleaned and repairs done to its various holes

i ask how much the Coat costs and i am told. four pounds

this is too much and i will pay no more than two

i say to the Son no i shake my head.

the Father is in the background

the Son looks to him and he looks to me

i signal with my outstretched arm. and two raised fingers that two pounds is the price i want

he comes towards me and i go towards him

there are some other old gentlemen with him

we are in an open space it’s like a back yard

the other gentlemen. are wearing dark suits and smoking cigarettes

the Son joins the Father

he is not sure that the Coat is worth more. than two pounds

and he stands in an attitude of non-committal to either party

i hold the Coat up to the Father

pointing out to him its drab condition and the fact that it needs to be cleaned

four pounds. for this i say

look at it it is filthy dirty

it will cost me four pounds to have it cleaned

the material is worn out and look it has a hole in the back

it’s only worth two pounds i’ll. give you two pounds for it my argument is forceful and the Father is won over

at this point though one of the older gentlemen

who has been talking about other business with the Father says to him

I’ll give you four pounds for it

it is obvious that he. doesn’t want the Coat and i look at him in surprise he looks back from below his

brows and says just. to stop a catholic having it