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46 Salida de Emergencia I can imagine emergencies in which there may not be time for a salad: a storm looms up, flapping the tables’ blue canvas umbrellas or threatening women’s hats, and what can one do but yield to the forces of nature and go inside to the bar, perhaps for a corretto? But this? An emergency salad? Suppose a telephone call with bad news . . . Might not a salad help? Tossed greens with a simple vinaigrette and possibly some of those yellow cherry tomatoes? It’s not such a bad idea, the frivolousness a compliment to one’s equipoise, or a help in summoning up the self-control that began as good manners but now, in moments of crisis, can show itself to be the soul’s habit. Every day, the world comes to an end and what shall we do unless we have prepared escarole, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, and chives with which to nourish our faint spirits? ...

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