When You Are Engulfed in Flames - "Solution to Saturday's Puzzle" and "Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool" Summary & Analysis

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In "Solution to Saturday's Puzzle," the author delineates an encounter with a fellow female airline passenger that did not go well. The woman was separated in seating from her husband, who was at the front of the plane, and she asked David to exchange places with him so that they may sit together. But Sedaris declined, explaining to her that he hated sitting in the front of the plane, and from that point forward, the woman despised him.

He pretended that the woman's name was Becky, but the feigned intimacy only made Sedaris more uncomfortable. He tried working out his anger by doing a newspaper crossword puzzle and using the spaces to spell out his objections to the woman's (to him) unreasonable request. When that failed to work, he imagined that he'd misread...

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