Topical Guide 446
Reservations Recommended, Chapter 2
Self-Presentation (or Presentation of the Self): Devil-May-Care Bon-Vivants
Grandma’s clutching a drink of some kind, with a napkin wrapped around the bottom of the glass. The others seem to be urging her to order a lobster regardless of the expense.
Self-Presentation (or Presentation of the Self): Self-Denying Elder
When the waitress arrives at their table, everyone but Grandma orders right away — lobster. Grandma still fusses.
Self-Presentation (or Presentation of the Self): Outspoken Rebel
One of them glances around the room now and then, probably because she’s embarrassed by the others; she is clearly the daughter of the woman who wants to be in charge, a girl, or young woman, in her twenties, the best-looking person at the table. She has some of Grandma’s features, but on her they look good. She’s playing at being “different,” …
“Bring her a goddamned lobster,” says the pretty girl.
See also: Self-Presentation (or Presentation of the Self) TG 427; Voice of Reason, Man of Action, Madman, the Engagé and the Dégagé TG 430; Altruist TG 443
[to be continued on Thursday, March 9, 2023]
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