A learned friend is reading from a play by Andre Gide. It is an amusing text - just a little bit complicated. "So this is the DARK text according to Mr Whitmore. I have avoided reading this for seven years because you said it was too dark." He reads on , ridiculing me that I should call this light hearted text dark. Did I really say that? Why did I? Was I just trying to be clever? I feel so humiliated I can hardly speak. I do eventually get over myself .