Persons of the Dialogue
"'Only bad people do that.'"
"She said that?" asked Director.
"Those exact words."
"Did you tell her you do that, too?"
"What, and have her think me bad?"
"You don't have enough confidence in her good opinion of you?"
"Ha! I'd have to be a saint for her to consider that maybe it's not bad if I do it."
"What will you do?"
"There are three choices, right? Win her over - ha, ha, ha. Stop. Or keep it up and hide it."
"How can I win her over?"
"I guess there are two approaches. Convince her you are good despite what you do. Or convince her that what you do is not bad."
"Which do you think is easier?"
"You'd know better than I."
"Well, she's pretty absolute about these things. If she thinks it's bad, and I do it, then I think she's got to think I'm bad. It's just her nature. So I guess we have to figure out how to rehabilitate the 'bad' thing to make it at least neutral if not good. What do you think is the first step?"
Nick Pappas, pappasnick.typepad.com