The apartment hasn’t been cleaned since the Israeli withdrawal from Sinai. He kicks off his sandals, deftly picks the lint out from between his toes, and they sit on his bed, 24 cinder blocks tied together with cord and covered by a mattress the thickness of a proton.
He’s like, a warrior and a poet, all wrapped up into one.
The two go out “for coffee,” he says, and she tells him about the senior thesis she hopes to write on Beduin handicrafts. Somehow, they both wind up in his apartment, “for more coffee,” he says. Linda’s thought process: “I don’t know what to do—he’s so handsome I could just die. People named Mendel are okay, and, of course, Yorams are usually safe. Many Israeli men believe that the size of their watches is directly related to the size of their … Remember, the bigger the watch, the bigger the jackal. What it actually means is, “Hi, do you want to see my bed?