The Impossible Task
One person has to give something in a format they have no way of getting so they go to a middle-man to change their merchandise into the required format and pass on. That is the task and as soon as the middle-man is given the merchandise the giver is relieved and goes off reassured and satisfied. So satisfied that they forget about the task and the relatively small award they receive is forgotten – which is all very well because they never get it.
Now the middle-man knows what he has and soon finds out that he also has various problems especially because he was asked to do extra beyond the original deal and he doesn’t know what to do but he sits and thinks and finds something but this thing requires something else and he has to go to another ‘party’, a person who can help him but has always considered him inferior. This means he has to work out a strategy to make this person do the work – achieve his task and still leave him feeling superior. This is difficult but he sits and thinks for a while and comes up with an idea that could possibly work.
The problem is even if he does convince the other ‘party’ to do the work, he will not be able to convince him to do the extra work which he accepted because it was a nice thing to do and he liked the original giver enough to do the extra work.
As it turns out the other party is not impressed and susses out the trick well before he even asks for help. He even made a cup of coffee which he accepts and promptly lifts his left eyebrow in a way that suggests cunning is suspected. He then proposes he will do the extra work that is required if our hero will do something for him. Something that involves talking to another office, something that he suspects is a subtle condemnation, a warning shot across the bow to say ‘don’t come back’.
This unpleasant task is deeply repugnant and distasteful, a master blow. It makes him stop. He looks once more at the clock, it was fast approaching a quarter past seven. He realised this was an impossible task and he went home.