“Or I might travel; I’d go to a lot of towns I don’t know, and make a friend in each of them. Then, later, I’d go back to the same towns: but I’d deliberately choose a day when I was sure not to meet my friend. For instance I’d go to Rio during the Carnival. I’d ring the bell at my friend’s house—let’s call him Pablo—and of course he’d be out. So then I could take a piece of paper and write him a note:
“My dear Pablo,
I came to Rio today to see you. But you weren’t at home. I suppose you were at the Carnival, like everyone else. I’m sorry not to have been able to see you. We could have had a drink and a chat. Perhaps I shall be back this way next year. ‘Bye for now.