Monday, September 25, 2006

Dear Prudence

I love the agony aunt/advice columns, specifically the 'Dear Prudence' one on Slate - there are a lot of great stories in there. 'Prudence' hands out her opinions and advice in a generous, witty, at times sarcastic, and mostly well researched manner. It's definitely worth a read during your lunch hour while you work your way through your Pret sandwich, if only to know that you are not alone - there are a lot of other neurotics out there too. Well, it makes me feel better.

I was having a look this week and catching up, and came across one that literally made my mouth drop open. It's the stuff nightmares and indeed movies scripts are made of. Herewith I cut and paste:

Dear Prudence,
I have fallen in love with a woman I knew from childhood and ran into again after not seeing her for 20 years. As kids we hardly noticed each other, but when we met again after all these years we felt an immediate attraction. The problem is that when I was 12 years old I did something terrible that caused an accident that killed her father. No one ever found out it was me and I've never told anyone after all these years. I feel horrible about what happened, but it was a long time ago and I've gotten on with my life. But now what? Should I tell this woman that I caused her father's death many years ago? I'm afraid it would ruin our relationship and we love each other a great deal. The accident occurred when I was in a cornfield at night—we were throwing corn at cars when they drove by. We couldn't see the cars because we were hidden in the field. An ear of corn I threw went through the open car window and struck her father in the head, causing him to lose control of the car and crash into a tree. I ran from the scene and was never implicated.
— Guilty and Confused

See here for Prudence's response.

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