from The Ongoing Adventures of Emil Cioran, Nihilist Police Detective

NIHILIST POLICE DETECTIVE EMIL CIORAN approaches a POLICEMAN guarding a crime scene. On the ground is a corpse, evidently having been shot.

POLICEMAN

Hello there, sir. Looks like whoever did this got the wrong man. Witnesses say this one here was just an innocent bystander.

[NIHILIST POLICE DETECTIVE EMIL CIORAN pauses tensely.]

NIHILIST POLICE DETECTIVE EMIL CIORAN

Your assessment is incorrect, my friend. What man do you know who is totally innocent? On the contrary, this one’s merely been punished for the wrong indiscretion.

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