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With "friends" like these...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Busy day today, short post, but saw this ad and thought it was kind of amusing. 

Friend of Humanity - As I am entirely in the dark as to whom you have reference to in your note of the 30th, a few particulars would help me in carrying out your seemingly good intentions.  C.

Hmm.  "Friend of Humanity," eh?  Is it just me, or do you think that C. is being a bit sarcastic when he writes "your seemingly good intentions"?  My theory is, like in other ads I've posted before, that the "friend" is trying to get something out of C.  Like he (or she) accused C. of being engaged in an affair, and is threatening to expose C. if he (or she) doesn't pay up - but pretending that he/she's trying to help (forgive my horrible use of pronouns).  C. is either bluffing by saying he has no idea who this person is talking about ("entirely in the dark"), in the hopes of getting out of this mess, or perhaps really doesn't have any idea.

I suspect that it's the former.  C. is bluffing.  Because if you're totally innocent, you don't take out a four line personal in the newspaper.  You just let the "friend" make wild accusations and ignore them.  Or, well, I don't know - I suppose ignoring someone who sends you a threatening letter is risky, even if you don't know anything about what they're talking about.  What do you guys think?

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