Overheard at the University
Professor: …so, as you can see, the mask, and thus the lie, plays an important part in the writings of Stendhal. The lie is the all-important factor in Julien’s relationship with Mathilde…
60-something woman student: But you’re forgetting the fact that one always feels really bad when lying!
Professor: Oh… well…. I don’t know about that. I’d say that while some lies would leave you feeling guilty, there are lies that you could get away with without feeling so terribly remorseful.
60-something woman student: I always feel bad when I’m lying!
Professor (eager to move on): Ok. Then Heaven certainly holds a place for you.
60-something woman student: No, how do you know I wasn’t lying to you just now?
Professor: Well, if that’s the case, then I hope you’re feeling absolutely miserable right now. Ok, moving on…
– Copenhagen University, the Faculty of Humanities