In the early days of their marriage, and for many years thereafter, it is always the
same question for Rabih and his wife: “How did you two meet?”—usually
accompanied by an anticipatory air of playful, vicarious excitement. The couple
then typically look at one another—sometimes a little shyly when the whole
table has stopped to listen—to determine who should tell it this time. Depending
on the audience, they may play it for wit or for tenderness. It can be condensed
into a line or fill a chapter.