And drank coffee,
And drank coffee
The casual drinking of coffee and idle chatter are shorthand for the banality that Modern Western Society had come to embrace. Even the most privileged of modern lives, the aristocracy’s “Old Guard,” are sterile and meaningless for they consist of nothing more than drinking coffee and gossiping.
This line also predicts female interlocutor’s exasperated inquiry in to the banal during the Dialogue of the Nerves in “A Game of Chess”:
“What shall I do now? What shall I do?”…
What shall we do to-morrow?
“What shall we ever do?"
The hot water at ten.
And if it rains, a closed car at four.
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