published in The New Yorker
The narrator reflects on an affair he had with someone's wife. Joan was married to Roger, a decently wealthy real-estate broker and well-known in the area for his nickname, Tightly Held Krebs. The narrator regrets falling in love with Joan, and thinks about his father's advice about the couple he was intruding in: "I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire. And I wouldn't trust the wife father than I could throw her."
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