Paul Varjak: [reaches into his pocket at the Tiffany’s counter] We could have something engraved, couldn’t we?
Tiffany’s salesman: Yes, I suppose so, yes indeed… the only problem is you would more or less have to buy something first if only in order to have some object upon which to place the engraving… You see the difficulty…
Paul Varjak: Well, uh
[holds up ring from Cracker Jack box]
Paul Varjak: , we could have this engraved, couldn’t we? I think it would be very smart.
Tiffany’s salesman: [taking ring and examining it] This, I take it, was not purchased at Tiffany’s?
Paul Varjak: No, actually it was purchased concurrent with, uh, well, actually, came inside of… well, a box of Cracker Jack.
Tiffany’s salesman: I see…
[continuing to look at ring]
Tiffany’s salesman: Do they still really have prizes in Cracker Jack boxes?
Paul Varjak: Oh yes.
Tiffany’s salesman: That’s nice to know… It gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity with the past, that sort of thing.