What does the author do to look suave? What spoils his attempts and how?


The author tries hard to get up decently from the dinner table, to close the door without stucking his coat in it, not to stain his light-coloured trousers, etc. His accidental and uncontrolled movements on the dinner table, his carelessly closing the door just after him and sitting on chewing gums, ice cream, cough syrup and motor oil spoil his attempts to look suave.