Image, I’m sorry,’ said the shopkeeper. ‘I can’t understand your ridiculous accent.

I’m sorry,’ said the shopkeeper. ‘I can’t understand your ridiculous accent.’ ‘My accent?’ ‘It is quite silly.’ ‘So you can’t understand me?’ ‘Not a word.’ ‘Then how did you understand that?’ ‘I didn’t.’ ”You didn’t understand what I just said?’ ‘That’s right.’ ‘You understood that, though.’ ‘Not at all.’ The American glowered.

Derek Landy

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