“I think pleasantries childish and improper” says Crow as he vacillates portentously on his perch. He addresses Nathan but I know the comment is for me. The night before I had asked him why he never conversed with the staff at venues or ever thanked them for their hospitality.
“Firstly” says Crow, with a piercing eye pitched right at mine, which I am released from only when he closes his eyes, slowly turns his head toward the mirror and flashes a murderous glare at my reflection instead. “I reserve conversation for dignities sake. For the people who share my brow of existence.”
It’s actually the integral belief Crow has in his own opinions that makes me feel that he cannot really be a bad soul.
“Secondly one should be able to do ones job without praise.” He averts his eyes back to mine still with the same, piercing glare. “It is a matter of duty, of métier. The wage taken home by a worker should be thanks enough.”
“But what about good nature?” I ask him naively.
“No.” Demands Crow. He pauses for reflection. “But perhaps if one were to provide addendum. Tickets to the theatre or the facilities of a spa for example, then it may be proper to acknowledge such a gesture. With tact of course.” Crow has a weakness for spas. He says that if cleanliness is next to godliness then the spa is a Pantheon of the immortal spirit.
“A workers role is to make us feel settled and welcome in these strange, foreign places and an attitude of crude recognition on our part could only cause future complacency in their subservience.”
Crows eyes soften and his tone changes to one of blasé erudition. “Take the colonial period.” He offers “The last truly great advancement in civilization, and all accomplished by our own, now tragically recumbent monarchy. Now, how far do you think the Empire would have progressed if we had gone around obliging the savages with compliments on their strong limbs and keen work effort?”
Crow sees nothing wrong with his use of the word savage here.
“I mean, you do not see me asking for thanks or praise for keeping you fellows in a light and spunky mood throughout your little tour do you? My Jocular spirit and humility are all part of my duty as much as is my personable attitude with the crew and other ones further down the line.”
“Your doing a very humble job Crow and we really appreciate it.” I say
“Thank you” he says. His eyes close again. This time with contented pride.