Monday, 24 December 2007

Fewtril #218

With principles that leave the dirty work to others, one can enjoy a spotless conscience by which to condemn those others.

5 comments:

Roach said...

With respect, this Fewtril is unclear, what is the antecedent to "them." Is it the "others" or "the principles" or, unlikely, the "dirty work."

Deogolwulf said...

Aha! I spent some wasted time chopping and changing this one, switching from clear but poor wording to ambiguous but better wording, and in the end I took out "those others" and replaced it with "them", having persuaded myself that most naturally one would take "them" to refer to "others". Not a good decision, it seems. I shall change it at your prompting. Much obliged.

dearieme said...

By leaving the dirty work to others on principle, one can enjoy a spotless conscience by which to condemn them.

Any good?

Deogolwulf said...

Much better, dearieme.

Recusant said...

Oh spot on. Spot on.