Metro is the best mode of travel if you are living in the Paris. I have a monthly pass and Pappettan buys it in a bunch of tens called carnet in French. The other day, we were in Bastille when Pappettan ran out of tickets. So, we had to use the automatic machine which can be found in all Metro stations.
As I stood immobilized in front of the machine, Pappettan was quick to act. He asked the girls standing behind us in the queue for help. The girls, who were French, quickly navigated through the menu options and the machine spat a carnet out. After we collected the tickets, I mumbled. "Thank you.... Merci". Then, we moved on.
Pappettan was unusually silent after this incident. I didn't have to wait long to figure the reason. This is what ensued between us.
Pappettan: You are good....very good.
Me: *suspicious in unexpected shower of praise. At the same time, enjoying the adulation*
Pappettan: How did you figure it out?
Me: *confused* What?
Pappettan: Her name. How did you figure out her name?
Pappettan: Mercy. How did you know her name was Mercy?
Tags: Pappettan Says,Name,Girl,Metro