The Information by Martin Amis

In The Information by Martin Amis, six-year-old Marco asks his father Richard a question:

"Daddy? Are you bold?”

“I sometimes like to think so, yes, Marco.”

“Will you always be bold?”

"Despite the ills that await life’s balm, Marco, though made weak by time and fate, but strong in will, to strive, to seek —"

“Have you always been bold? How did you get bold?”

Richard closed his eyes. He dropped his pen onto the desktop and said, “You mean bald. Go elsewhere, Marco.”

The child remained. He went on gazing at his father’s hair. “Have you got male-pattern boldness?”

“I suppose so. I suppose that’s the kind I’ve got.”