By David Lodge
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But the heating system turned out to be one of electric radiators perversely and unalterably programmed to come on at full -blast when you were asleep and to turn themselves off as soon as you got up, from which time they leaked a diminishing current oflukewarm air into ii the frigid atmosphere until you were ready to go to bed again. This system, Dr O'Shea explained, was extremely economical because it ran on half-price electricity, but it still seemed to Morris an expensive way to work up a sweat in bed.
Give him accelerated promotion to Associate Professor. ' ' W e l l . . ' Bill Moser hesitated, then sighed. ' Bill's voice dropped to a lower, more confidential pitch. 'Why the sudden yearning for Europe, Morris? ' 'You must be joking, Bill. No, I think I need a change. A new perspective. ' Bill Moser roared with laughter. Morris Zapp wasn't surprised that Bill Moser was incredulous. But there was a kind of truth in his answer that he wouldn't have dreamed of admitting except in the guise ofa palpable lie.