Manners and no money will garner you more respect than money and no manners, Gloria was always told, and she kept this maxim into her adulthood. Thank you notes, "Please", never raising her voice in public.. all of these things served her well, allowing her to live in a world more and more chaotic without ever becoming a part of the chaos. She was almost alone in this behaviour, still, she clung to it, wearing the proper clothes and saying the proper words at work and in her social life. When she fell in love, she issued an invitation to the man of her dreams to come and be with her, telling him of her devotion and desire. On the day, she sat in her living room, perfectly turned out, back not touching the chair, a lovely tea awaiting his appearance. It was only after hours had gone by, the tea bitter and cold, the pastries looking soggy, that she thought perhaps putting an RSVP on a love letter wasn't such a good idea after all.