These are noises such as burping or the sounds accompanying choking, to which the response should come from the noisemaker himself, provided that the choking was not complete, in which case he is absolved of all social responsibility except that of having left his papers in order.Society acknowledges that these noises are made from time to time, but does not dignify them with a response.Smiling contentedly, he was the picture of innocence when his wife walked in.
The practice of staring hard at the person next to you when, for instance, your own stomach has given off a loud rumble, is therefore to be condemned on grounds of etiquette as well as morals. Socially, the event did not happen, therefore to comment upon it would show a lack of culture. Should the person next to you wrinkle her nose or offer comment, you are permitted to laugh inwardly at her faux pas.
While keeping an ear tuned in on the conversation in the hallway, and keeping his promise of staying blindfolded, he carried on like this for the next farting and then fanning each time with his napkin.
When he heard the phone farewells (indicating the end of his loneliness and freedom) he neatly laid his napkin on his lap and folded his hands on top of it.
At this point he was beginning to feel another fart coming on. He had a hard time breathing, so he felt for his napkin and fanned the air about him.
Just as his wife was about to remove the blindfold, the phone rang. He had just started to feel better when another urge came on. It sounded like a diesel engine revving and smelled worse.