A café in Paris, 20th arrondissement.
Mona: What did he say to you?
Alvin: He spoke in English.
Mona: He seemed very assured.
Alvin: But I wasn’t sure exactly what he said. It sounded like, “I smoke because smoking doesn’t cause panther. Not in Paris.”
Mona: It does cause panther in Paris. It causes panther everywhere.
Alvin: You have ash on you.
[He brushes ash from her jacket sleeve.]