Martha and Mark are watching the tv news together. The anchorman asks the reporter to explain the relationship between the product cost and the price that’s charged to customers. ‘Exactly,’ the reporter responds before going on.
‘Don’t just say exactly!’ Martha shouts at the tv. ‘How can you say exactly in response to that? That was a question, you idiot! Answer the question why don’t you? Oh I despair of the standard of journalism these days….’
Where, Mark wonders, sipping his tea quietly, does she find the energy or the inclination to have so many opinions on so many things?