She: Sometimes I think you drink the way you do just so you can stand to be in the same room with me.

He: Well, you know the old saying — “In vino caritas.”

She: “Veritas,” dear. “In vino veritas.”

He: Surely not.


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    with ASTA (the pooch)

    • Matthew Lickona says

      I was going to say that you misspelled “Oreo,” but then I realized that you were referencing The Thin Man. I, of course, am The Fat Man.

  2. fat man

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      A Gutman is hard to find.

      • Some of us just look good in hats.

        • To Dr. T.R. Spivey

          25 May 59


          Week before last I went to Wesleyan and read “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” After it I went to one of the classes where I was asked questions. There were a couple of young teachers there and one of them, an earnest type, started asking the questions. “Miss O’Connor,” he said, “Why is the Misfit’s hat black?” I said most countrymen in Georgia wore black hats. He looked pretty disappointed. Then he said, “Miss O’Connor, the Misfit represents Christ, does he not?” “He does not,” I said. He looked crushed. “Well, Miss O’Connor,” he said, “what is the significance of the Misfit’s hat?” I said it was to cover his head; and after that he left me alone. Anyway, that’s what’s happening to the teaching of literature.

          Flannery O’Connor, letter, collected in The Habit of Being, ed. Sally Fitzgerald (New York: Macmillan, 1988), 334.

          To Charlotte Gafford

          10 February 62


          At one place where I talked, one of them said, “Miss O’Connor, why was the Misfit’s hat black?” “Well,” I said, “he stold it from a countryman and in Georgia they usually wear black hats.” This sounded like a pretty stupid answer to him, but he wasn’t through with it. In a few minutes he says, “Miss O’Connor, what is the significance of the Misfit’s hat?” “To cover his head,” I say. When the session was over they obvious thought I didn’t have sense enough to have written the story I wrote.


          Ibid., 465.

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