Webster: Should I try to act normal?
Algernon: You’re capable of acting normal?
Webster: Well, it’s more of a suppression of my natural personality until the average, unobservant person doesn’t think to notice. In fact, if I just don’t speak, it can actually work quite well.
For those unfamiliar with the expression, it is the sensation of realising the perfect thing to say, too late: the retort that only comes on the stairs on the way out, the graceful topic or sparkling joke that you think of the next morning. For those unfamiliar with the sensation: lucky devils. We the hapless can only watch you wistfully. “Ha!” I hear you scoff, Gentle Reader. “You don’t seem to have any trouble with words; god knows you use enough of them”. But no. Continue reading