The Crowd

The crowd in the square is large.  Some of them are walking.  They are walking in 360 different directions.  Some are following a hypotenuse hoping to save time. Others stay in one place, though even those turn.  Those alone seem to turn away from the sun, though  a subset of those alone, more skimpily dressed face the sun, or rotate slowly as if on a spit.  Those speaking with others, of course, face those they are conversing with though they sometimes subtlety change their position trying to get their backs to the sun, and their conversant, being polite slowly shifts so that they continue to face the one speaking to them.  It is not clear if they are aware of the subterfuge, tolerating it without comment, or making their excuses and leaving on one of the 360 paths available. It begins to rain the square is soon empty.

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