Marie is shopping on her own. Marie passes the Hotel Chocolat shop and gazes in momentarily.
“No,” she thinks, “I won’t go in. I have other things to shop for today and that would just be greedy.”
Hypothetical Shopping Scenario #2:
I am shopping on my own. I pass the Hotel Chocolat shop and gaze in momentarily.
“Is anyone’s birthday coming up?” I wonder, and, after five minutes of concentration I give up trying to remember and hope that it isn’t.
Actual Shopping Scenario:
Marie and I are shopping together. We pass the Hotel Chocolat shop and gaze in momentarily, then glance at one another.
“Did you want to pop in?” I ask.
“We don’t have to pop in,” she says.
“Yeah, but do you want to?”
“We can if you want.”
“Let’s go in and have a quick nose then.”
“They have those things we like.”
“Yes, they do.”
“These are those things.”
“We may as well pick them up then.”
“Okay. There’s lots of nice stuff here.”
“Let’s get these and these too since we’re here because you save money when you buy three of them.”
“And then we should go.”
“Yes, definitely. Look, there’s that big box of chocolates we bought that time.”
“They were nice.”
“We could always get them too.”
“Don’t! I’m having trouble just sticking to the three we’ve got here.”
“Why not? It’s not that expensive.”
“Yes it is.”
“Okay, it is, but they last a long time.”
“We’re awful, aren’t we?”
“It’s only money.”
“Let’s get these three and the box and then go.”
“The nearly-expired things are by the till. They’re cheap. Cheapish.”
“I think I’m okay with this.”
“You’re probably right. Let’s call it a day with sixty quid’s worth of chocolates.”
We should never go shopping together.