05-22-2012, 03:08 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
| | Infidelity in literature
Excuse me for being poncy and quoting literature, but I am reading a book by Graham Greene at the moment and he has a great description of 'the fog'.
The character is posted to Africa as a policeman during the 2nd WW and his wife is away, he convinces himself that he is 'just friends' with a young woman until...
"She stood pressed against him with her hand on his side.
When the sound of Bagster's feet receded, she raised her
mouth and they kissed. What they had both thought was
safety proved to have been the camouflage of an enemy
who works in terms of friendship, trust, and pity."
It is exactly what WSs convince themselves of. How often do they say 'she/he just needs someone to talk to' or 'he/she is going through a rough patch'. It's comforting to know that human behaviour is so constant...or maybe it is sad?
Any other examples that might help us understand why we behave the way we do?