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Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have actually shed my reputation! I have shed the immortal part of myself, and what continues to be is bestial. My reputation, Iback, my reputation!

On a traffic-cost-free walking street in the Belgian city of Antwerp, a male pulls his lengthy babsence coat more tightly roughly him to store out the cold chill of the winter wind that blasts off the cobblerock street favor a wave cracking versus the rocks. As the wind gusts again, he conveniently grabs his babsence hat to stable it on his head, and also ducks right into the doormeans of a large structure. Entering a long high-ceilinged room, he loosens his coat to complimentary his lengthy graying beard as he walks swiftly previous the two dozen or so ordinary wood tables that line the high-windowed wall. "I have to hurry," he thinks to himself, "or I will certainly not be house by sundvery own."

It is Friday, and also for observant Jews, the Sabbath begins at dusk.

At a table near the back, he greets one more man, dressed in a white shirt and also babsence vest, and also conveniently takes a seat throughout the others. The hubbub of others, sitting at various other tables, engaging in quiet conversation, fills the room.

The wife? Der kinder? They save the tiny talk to a minimum as they start an animated discussion carried out in a mix of Yiddish and English. They both understand it is gaining late. The vested male opens a thin babsence leather pouch and also produces a small paper envelope no bigger than a postcard. Slipping off his coat, the visitor ...

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