1. What is the current occupation of the narrator?
The current occupation of the narrator is as a journalist writing a Sunday column for the newspaper. The narrator has worked for the newspaper for nearly fifty years.
2. What is the narrator's economic situation?
The narrator appears wealthy because he lives in a large home left to him by his parents. However, he has little money, despite his large, luxurious home. He lives off his pension and the little salary he gets for writing his column every week.
3. How has the narrator supplemented his income over the years?
Over the years, the narrator supplemented his income by selling most of his parents' possessions.
4. What does the narrator decide to give himself for a birthday gift?
The narrator decides to give himself a night with a virgin as a ninetieth birthday gift. The narrator calls a madam he has done business with in the past and requests a virgin with whom to spend the night.
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