"Hello, operator, would you be so kind as to get me a number in New York?"
"You can dial that direct, sir."
"Yes, I should like to very much, but I don't know the bloody number."
"Sir, dial one, plus 212, then 555-1212 and ask for the number."
"I see, yes. Thank you so much...."
"Oh, I'm so sorry, I was trying to reach information."
"Look, this is directory assistance. Mister. Do you want a number in Noo Yawk?"
"Indeed I do. I'm trying to secure the number of the Algonquin Hotel."
"Is it a new listing?"