from Even More Adventures of Emil Cioran, Nihilist Police Detective

NIHILIST POLICE DETECTIVE EMIL CIORAN examines a dead body at a murder scene. The CHIEF INSPECTOR approaches.

CHIEF INSPECTOR

Look’s like this one’s had some bad luck. Eh, Cioran?

[NIHILIST POLICE DETECTIVE EMIL CIORAN pauses.]

NIHILIST POLICE DETECTIVE EMIL CIORAN

On the contrary, Chief Inspector. He’s been liberated from the burden of vanity. We’re the unlucky ones who still suffer from it.

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.