Near a cinema in the Prague Libeň neighbourhood, a very pretty young Gypsy girl addresses a shy young man. The spontaneous girl asks him in no time to buy her a sweater displayed in the shop window. The shop is closed, and the young man thus at least promises to give her money. The girl takes him to her place and makes love to him. She likes that he is a plumber and that his name is Gaston, and immediately begins to plan their common future, lightly omitting many of his objections - Gaston does not even have to care about children since she already has a young daughter. Gaston complains about his boss, who constantly asks his workers to use his and each other's Christian names. Gaston cannot bring himself to do so with his boss. During their walk along the river Vltava, the couple runs into a small Gypsy camp. Its inhabitants strew their duvets directly on the ground and nap in a picturesque grouping. The girl keeps boasting of her grandfather who was a Gypsy baron. On the tram, the couple meets Gaston's boss, who is enchanted by Gaston's new girlfriend. He himself never made love to a Gypsy. The proud Gaston is then able to address his boss by his Christian name for the first time. A small Gypsy boy stands on a hill and enthusiastically pisses down into the valley.
Zdenka Petřková, Zdenka Karlovská
Bohumil Hrabal (Romance – povídka ze sbírky Pábitelé)