Sunday, July 02, 2023

Quote of the Hour: Contradiction is Just the Automatic Gainsaying of Anything the Other Person Says

He kissed Claire. That is to say, technically the thing was a kiss. But it was not the kiss of other days.

'What's up?' asked Claire, hurt.

'Nothing's up.'

'Yes, there is something up.'

'No, there isn't anything up.'

'Yes, there is.'

No, there ain't.'

'Well, then,' said Claire, 'what's up?'

These intellectual exchanges seemed to have the effect of cementing Mr Todhunter's gloom.

 - P.G. Wodehouse, Sam the Sudden, pp.216-17

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