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

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I ALWAYS thought of the permanent residents as the shadowy figures of the hotel. They were hardly ever seen; they were given to staying drearily in their rooms for much, if not all, of each day. Although many of the employees seemed to know one fact or another about them, nobody knew all that much. Their pasts seemed shrouded in mystery. “Oh, they’re pretty strange,” one of the bellmen told me. “I generally stay away from them.” A maid said, “The trouble with some of them is they don’t think they’re guests here. They think they own the place.”

I spotted one eating in the Palm Court, humming to herself. She seemed to have a knowing aura about her, not so much haughty as well informed. Her eyes were a little shifty, and her breath came hard. ...

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