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The Hotel: A Week in the Life of the Plaza by Sonny Kleinfield

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BY now, the lobby lizards had come in and arranged themselves in the chairs they would occupy for the next few hours. Some had brought time-passing diversions along with them—a paperback crossword-puzzle book, some crocheting, a miniature tic-tac-toe game. Others found activity altogether unnecessary. To the employees of the hotel, the lizards were familiar oddities. They were elderly individuals who liked to stop by around four o’clock in the afternoon, when the daily violin and piano music started up in the Palm Court, and just sit serenely in the Fifth Avenue lobby and soak in the solace. “Jules and Paul” were the attraction—Jules on the piano and Paul on the violin. The lizards never took a table in the restaurant. They didn’t eat or drink ...

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