“I’m very well. Have you been well?”
“Oh, I am always well. But I am getting old. I detect signs of age now.”
“I can’t believe it.”
“Yes. Do you want to know one? It is easier for me to talk Italian. I discipline myself but I find when I am tired that it is so much easier to talk Italian. So I know I must be getting old.”
“We could talk Italian. I am a little tired, too.”
“Oh, but when you are tired it will be easier for you to talk English.”
“Yes. American. You will please talk American. It is a delightful language.”
Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. New York: Scribner’s, 1929.