“The Audition” / A Memorable Fancy #115

The audition room is empty and dark except for a spotlight pointed directly at a chair. Andy is instructed, by a recorded voice, to sit in the chair. He does so. Nothing happens. Nothing happens. Then a voice, “Three!” Silence. Then another voice, “Four!” Silence. Then “Five!”

Andy thinks it must be some kind of grade, as in figure skating. He wonders if “five” is on a scale of one to five, or one to five hundred, or what. Or if four is a better score than five, or worse. Silence. Then the recorded voice says, “Please exit through the door to your right. Thank you.” Andy does so.

Andy finds himself in another room. It is dark except for a spotlight pointed directly at a chair. “Three!” a voice says.

 

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