Irony, Double Irony, Super-Double Irony

A woman asks a man to elope with her that night, he says he’ll do it tomorrow after his affairs are in order, that night he steps on a tack, gets septicemia and dies.

Double Irony
A woman asks a man to elope with her that night. He does it immediately because he’s afraid he will die if he doesn’t. Racing from town he thinks he spots her husband in pursuit, turns the car into ongoing traffic, and dies.

Super-Double Irony
A woman asks a man to elope with her that night. He does so. Deep in the forest a lion that has achieved self-reflection from eating certain mutogenic herbs follows them thinking to eat them, but as he pursues them deeper into the forest he thinks better of it. The man and the woman split up a few days later — neither was quite what the other was hoping for it turns out — and man, woman, and lion go their separate ways, for good and ill.

Some of the best stories provide their pleasure by seeming to be one kind of irony and then turning out to be a different kind.

But not all!


2 thoughts on “Irony, Double Irony, Super-Double Irony

  1. Mikey says:

    Obviously it’s got to start with a woman asking a man to elope with her, that’s a given. So: A woman asks a man to elope with her. Now here’s the tricky bit: how do I appear to be launching off on one type of irony, so I can do the switch later? Like this: He does it. He’s heard all the stories, so he steers clear of the forest, thinking “Hopefully I’ll get away with being in an irony-free story”. Now what? You’re probably firmly thinking that this is textbook Irony and I’m thinking I’d like to slam on some double irony, but I’m worried that you’re too wily for that and you’re anticipating it. Obviously it’s got to be a surprise, that’s a given. Maybe first I’ll give some details about the main characters to build up the suspense and make the final revelation all the more exciting. The woman is tall and wears a neckerchief. The man hasn’t shaved for three days and is short sighted but is too proud to get glasses. As night falls, he crashes his car because he couldn’t see as well as he should have been able to if he were wearing glasses. Both man and woman (who was called Eleanor) die. It’s horribly tragic.

    I’m not sure I’ve got the hang of it. It’s pretty hard.

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