A short conversation about something that happened this morning in Delft
A: What is a young boy of 13 or 14 who wears a shiny black stuffed jacket with the words HOOLIGAN written across his back in gothic letters and who wears camouflage trousers and a black woolen cap adorned with a broad, machine knitted band of white skulls and who cycles in front of me at seven o’clock in the morning swaying like an excited gorilla?
A: Yeah, but maybe it is all just bluff and image. This chap just likes the idea of hating and destruction. It’s a phase. I used to like playing cowboys and Indians, they destroyed and killed too.
B: Yeah, I suppose so.
A: Mind you, I did at the time feel I should keep an eye out for him, they do pose a threat, hooligans.
B: His meaning seems to have had effect. His image is a warning to others about himself.
A: Even if he isn’t what he has written across his back he is still a walking sign of what he has written across his back and he confirms it with his way of cycling and his cap, even at seven o’clock in the morning.
B: So if he is just the sign he already has us reacting to him as if he is what the sign refers to.
B: What a mess
B: Would a real HOOLIGAN wear jackets like that?
B: Yes, I suppose they would.
A: I think so.
B: Sort of like a joke.
B: But it might just be a joke, perhaps the boy is not a HOOLIGAN
A: Perhaps he just wants to be.
B: Perhaps he just wants to worry his mum.
A: Or his dad, don’t forget his dad.
B: Do you think his dad is a HOOLIGAN?
A: Meaning proliferates as myth, gossamer possibilities
B: Can one do anything about that?
A: No, it’s just the way it is.
A: Nothing to be done
B: I wonder where they sell such jackets and such caps.
A: I wonder whether his mum bought them for him.
B: Together with a sturdy bike.
A: The bike might be stolen.
B: Oh! Did you ever steal a bike?
A: Did you?
B: We are the same person silly.
A: Yeah, but if you are my conscience, you should know.
B: I don’t think I ever did.
A: Good. Neither did I.
A: Maybe our HOOLIGAN didn’t either
B: No, maybe he didn’t.
A: Do you think its fun being a HOOLIGAN?
B: Must be, otherwise he wouldn’t be telling everyone that he is one.
A: He might not be one.
B: We’ve been there.
A: Yeah we’re beginning to repeat ourselves.
B: You are!
A: Sorry, I’ll shut up now and read the paper.
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