James Grise sits in a cafe drinking poison. His only companionship in the otherwise empty cafe is the waitress, who keeps refilling his drink. Eventually he will leave the cafe, but not until he is no longer thirsty.
Timid bureaucrat Edward Hummle is assigned the Drummle file. When he is finished with it he is to deliver it to room 702; when he gets there, though, he discovers that room 702 is not an office but a bedroom inside an office space. His superior, an unseen voice behind a darkened booth, tells him that he has done a good job but that everyone is concerned about his well being. They think that he could use a day of rest.
A man is confined in his apartment at Christmas. There is something the matter with his cells. He is infected with an unknown virusor such is his opinion. A female friend, who seems concerned, cames to pay a visit. He will not let her see him, but she has a key; she may return. Meanwhile, the man awaits his end as the world outside his apartment seems to dissolve.
Robert and Quincy are doing something. A woman walks by. Quincy asks Robert if he remembers her. He doesn't, even though he had an affair with her. Quincy says her name is Marilyn. Robert remembers that there was a Marilyn, but he didn't realize that it was her.
Robert Ragland is called into the office of his superior, Quincy J. Lambert. Lambert accuses Robert of having an affair with his secretary. Her name was Marilyn. Robert remembers that there was a Marilyn, and feels embarrassed: he did not recognize the secretary. But Marilyn is no longer Marilyn. She is Mrs. Quincy J. Lambert.
Robert kills a prostitute. He is paid off by Quincy, who hired him. Robert is not sure if he wants to take the money. The prostitute said she knew him. She said her name was Marilyn. Robert remembers falling in love with a prostitute, but he didn't think her name was Marilyn. He thought it was something else.