Charlie Black: Where the hell do you get off, “you’re surprised?” At what? You were Audrey’s escort, yet you blithely left her stranded in the middle of the dance so you can try to work things out with Serena, and then try to shirk the whole thing off on Fred.

Tom Townsend: I’m not trying to shirk it off on Fred. And I was not Audrey’s escort. We were all there as a group. In any case, I’m very sorry there was a mix-up.

Charlie Black: There was no mix-up.

Tom Townsend: I’m sorry I left. But it wasn’t intentional.

Charlie Black: When you’re an egoist, none of the harm you do is intentional.

—From Metropolitan (1990), written & directed by Whit Stillman

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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