Prompt: Describe the same simple event (a man gets off a bus, trips, looks around in embarrassment, and sees a woman smiling) using the same characters and elements of setting, in five completely different ways (changes of style, tone, sentence, structure, voice, psychic distance, etc.). Make sure the styles are radically different.

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Bob took small steps down the aisle. As he moved toward the front of the bus, he held on to the leather straps that hung down from the ceiling, trying to maintain his balance against the bus’s fluid momentum. He was always apprehensive about touching other passengers…

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