172. She said, “You should call them and see if there isn’t a clerical error.”
173. She did not make this suggestion in any attempt to hurt my feelings, I think she was genuinely concerned to spare me from what she imagined would be unavoidable embarrassment.
174. I showed her my acceptance letter, and it was obvious that they had indeed somehow managed to include my thing in the show, but then another obvious explanation presented itself.
175. “Did you pay money to be in the show?” she wanted to know.