Terrance Wears a Cape

Terrance thought himself smarter than most people which he felt helped to explain why he was often bored and more depressive. There is that category of genius, he thought, that dips more toward childlike glee than melancholy. Terrance was decisively a member of the melancholy camp although he hesitated to say it out loud.

He liked to quote Elizabethan poets and their absolute acceptance of pessimism as healthy and just to his positively smiling American friends. Recently, he started wearing a cape and felt hat to parties. When the time is right, he wrote in a letter to his idol, the writer Wilford Wainsly, Ill feel confident enough to speak only when I want to in conversations and allow myself to eat chocolate close to bedtime.