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

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THE doctor was needed and came over the first thing. A crisp, sunny spring day was developing, but the mopey woman on the eleventh floor was not in the mood to notice it. Waking up with a queasy stomach at three in the morning, when the hotel was tomblike, she had phoned the front desk. She was immediately given the name of the regular doctor and, putting through a call to him, awakened him at home.

On hearing her symptoms, the red-eyed doctor was not particularly pleased to have had his sleep cut short. All too often this would happen. He would be awakened in the middle of the night by some snooty person, and the symptom would turn out to be something foolishly trite that not only didn’t need immediate medical attention but didn’t even need ...

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