Sunday, August 01, 2010

Jim Thompson on bucking the tide

This inspiring quote comes from Jim Thompson's last story.

"Would they do it?" I said. "How can you be sure they would, Mr. Krutz? Have you ever thought about the potential in a crusade for not doing the things that someone else would do if you didn't?"

A few seconds later, the narrator brutally murders Mr. Krutz. OK--in light of later developments, maybe it's not so inspiring. You have to admit, 'though, that sentence "Have you ever thought..." is pretty good.

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