Window to the World

Faris, Hamed and Tim exit the building. It is sunny on the Capitol Square this winter midday, but bitterly cold. Standing on the pavement with his back against a large glass windowpane, Hamed takes out a pack of Marlboro Blacks and removes two cigarettes, handing one to Faris. Tim has a pack of Davidoffs covered in Arabic script — when he flew back to Madison from his home in Saudi Arabia after his winter holidays, he packed four cases of 10 packs each, totaling 800 cigarettes.