"Do you think I could be a detective on my own, then?" asked Ira, adding sheepishly, "I don't really have any friends." He stared down at the parquet floor and wished he had kept the thought to himself.
"You won't end up being a detective anyway, Ira," Auden pointed out, "You'd have to be really smart to do that, and really observant. How can you be observant if you're looking down at the ground all the time?"