On Showing Versus Telling, One Argument for the Former

As he prepared for his date, his roommate urged him: “Don’t just tell her about your dog all night, okay? No one cares.”

He agreed reluctantly (because his dog was very important to him) and, shortly thereafter, left.

The next morning, escorting his date to the front door, he saw his roommate in the living room. When she’d left, the roommate smiled. “That appears to have gone well.”

“Yes,” he replied. “I said I’d prefer to show her my dog.”

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