One-minute review: An actor—not sure just what is real or not real because he has been playacting so long—is abut to go back to England to join the army and fight. He is so tired of play acting that the war will be real experience. His girl thinks he is using enlistment to escape his debts, even his room rent. She calls him “Captain Jerk,” He says, “It’ll be real at least” …but there is no certainty in his face. He looks as if he might never know what is real, even if he dies trying to find out.”
Opening paragraph is a good description of jumbled talk in a crowded restaurant.
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman.