After I took these two photos, the book shop owner returned from an errand with a face that has lived a thousand years. His gait evoked the character of "Scrooge" from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". If only I was brazen enough, I would have asked him right there and then as he slowly unlocked his shop to let me take a pic of him. However, being truly "Scrooge" like in both vibe and visage, I hesitated and the moment passed. Missed opportunity indeed.