She responds: "This is the quiet car."
He says, "Yes, I know. Is this seat free?"
She says, "This is the quiet car!"
He responds: "Yes, but I'm allowed to ask if the seat is free!"
"You don't have to raise your voice," she says.
"It's because you won't give me an answer."
She says, "I'm just trying to give you a warning that this is the quiet car, that's all."
He says, "Will you just tell me if the seat is free?"
"Could you please lower your voice. This is the quiet car."
"May I sit here?" he asks, quietly.
She moves her newspapers, and he finally sits. I'm sure it's going to be a very relaxing trip for him.
Another reason the trip might be less than relaxing: The Amtrak K-9 unit is training new dogs in our car, so the silence is also interrupted by police officers yelling, "Search!"
It almost makes me want to be on the Delta Shuttle. Almost.
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