Excerpt from The Women on the Wall
The old password came naturally, as if he were back seventeen years. In their college crowd everybody had called everybody else Canby, for no reason except that someone, probably Mel, had begun it and everyone else had followed suit. There had been a real Canby, a sort of goof. Now he was a cpa in Denver, and the usurpers of his name were scattered from coast to coast.
Well, Canby The filtered voice said heartily. How's the boy?
There was a pause. Then Mel's voice, more distorted now, beginning to be his clowning voice, said suspiciously, What was that name again?
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