A QUIET MAN
Copyright © 2011 by Russ Durbin
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Henry Willeford III was a quiet man.
He never said much but went about his business unobtrusively. He was tidy and he was thorough. Whatever else might be said about him, one thing was certain—he never did anything half way.
If anything about Henry suggested vanity, it was his carefully-trimmed mustache which rested like a light brown shadow beneath his inconspicuous nose. He shaved with a straight razor like his father and grandfather before him, taking particular pains with his upper lip.
His wife, Harriett, didn’t like the bone-handled razor reverently handed down from Senior to Junior to Henry the Third; but then, she didn’t like most of Henry’s things. His impeccable attire from his carefully ironed white shirt (which he himself ironed) to his precisely creased trousers distinguished Henry from what would have been oblivion in the nine-to-five crowd.