"Oh, forget it, Jack," said Norbert, tossing Jack's prose aside. "Nobody's listening."
They moved out of the gym and into the night. Jack, grumbling, said he was going for a walk. He was hungry, he said, and walking made him forget about it. Maybe later, he said, he would try to convince Lois that she truly was clever. Norbert said he had to get home immediately, because his wife had to go to work in the morning. Walking away, Jack waved his hands, and Norbert shook his head from side to side. The drunks in the hotel were quiet, perhaps tired from the night before.