For various reasons, E.S. and I spent Thanksgiving thousands of miles apart–he at home, I on the west coast with (among others) my father. I returned last evening, though, much to our mutual delight, and then we had the following conversation.
E.S.: So you’re coming with me to Home Depot tomorrow, right?
FAUSTUS: That’s an interesting idea.
E.S.: That means “no,” doesn’t it?
E.S.: That’s exactly how your father would say no.
FAUSTUS: No, it’s not. My father has far too much integrity to practice such a deception.
E.S.: Luckily, you don’t.
FAUSTUS: Isn’t it nice to have me back?
FAUSTUS: Isn’t it?