THE EXTRAORDINARILY WELL-DRESSED young man and his companion who privately did not consider himself so were both Negroes, a not unimportant fact in the movie you are about to read.

To others besides themselves, the young Negroes were perceived from a distance, as screens on which were projected emotions that did not yield ideas. Generally these emotions were fear and loathing, commonly manifested as anxiety. What the projections yielded in the extraordinarily well-dressed young man and his companion was this: the idea that they were both movies—shallow, intangible, deep.

After greeting one another, the two young men spoke of films they had seen or were about to see. Or else they did not talk, rendered speechless by the meaning they saw in one another (the private meaning of their selves). What they saw—each in the other—had everything and nothing to do with being Negroes and having fathers

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