In a dream, Oscar Berg enters a dimly-lit room. He

hears voices somewhere nearby. It is the Library Director and

a subordinate engrossed in heated conversation. Oscar makes out the

phrases, “gross misconduct,” “the Tsar” and “Russian Revolution,” while the

dream image of the N.Y. Public Library is transformed into

a prison. Oscar begins to fear that he is about

to be interrogated. For most people, he thinks, the fear

of getting fired is no more than wallpaper — present but

rarely seen. Oscar, fully aware of his misuse of company

time, has no choice but to stare at this wallpaper.

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