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TWO SCOLDS

Two scolds came into the city and began upbrading passers by.

FIRST SCOLD: HYPOCRITES!

SECOND SCOLD: WEAKLING!

FIRST SCOLD: Fools!

SECOND SCOLD: Insensitive ones!

FIRST SCOLD: Boors!

SECOND SCOLD: You are addicted to luxury and don’t care about your neighbor’s pain.

FIRST SCOLD: You pretend to be followers in the genteel tradition but you are simply cowards.

TWO SCOLDS TOGETHER: CHANGE YOUR WAYS!

Later in a local gastro-pub, the two scolds share some reflections over beer and sandwiches.

FIRST SCOLD: Do you ever get off on scolding people?

SECOND SCOLD:Ever?  Try always!

FIRST SCOLD: No!  Really?

SECOND SCOLD: Yes.

FIRST SCOLD: Go on.  Tell me!

SECOND SCOLD: The feeling I get when I interrogate somebody and make them realize that they are wrong turns me on.

FIRST SCOLD: Like…you get hard?

SECOND SCOLD: Hard as keeping your moral compass in a confusing world.

THEY PAUSE

FIRST SCOLD: Do you scold yourself for doing that?

SECOND SCOLD: No.  Should I?

FIRST SCOLD: It’s not my place to say.

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One thought on “TWO SCOLDS

  1. Mikey says:

    There’s a confusing message when you have two scolds. What’s the second one doing? Why is she there? Or he. A city is pretty big so you might say that there’s the reason: sectorise and cover the ground more quickly. But apart from the worrying progression into middle management and hierarchical strategic commands etc. there is also the question of who is the voice of authority. Scold One’s words would be reported in Sector Two where they would be compared with Scold Two’s words. Conflict would arise and battle lines drawn. Of course the Scolds would by then be saying “No, no, you dinlos, this is exactly what we’ve been scolding you about” but by then it would be too late.

    Jonah managed to scold a whole city by himself. I’d stick with the old school Jonah tactics.

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