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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
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After telling "a whopper" about having a child "torn from her arms shrieking," Becky ("Rebecca") is obliged to support her original lie with other lies:

"And so they took your darling child from you?" our simpleton cried out. "Oh, Rebecca, my poor dear suffering friend, I know what it is to lose a boy, and to feel for those who have lost one. But please Heaven yours will be restored to you, as a merciful merciful Providence has brought me back mine."

"The child, my child? Oh, yes, my agonies were frightful," Becky owned, not perhaps without a twinge of conscience. It jarred upon her to be obliged to commence instantly to tell lies in reply to so much confidence and simplicity. But that is the misfortune of beginning with this kind of forgery. When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day.

"My agonies," Becky continued, "were terrible (I hope she won't sit down on the bottle) when they took him away from me; I thought I should die; but I fortunately had a brain fever, during which my doctor gave me up, and--and I recovered, and--and here I am, poor and friendless."

William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 66 - Amantium Irae

(http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/wthackeray/bl-wthackeray-vanity-66.htm)

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!" Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17


Hupomone
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:45:58 AM
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Tis true, some lies smart. But a world without them would be very unflattering.
Bully_rus
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 2:37:12 PM
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Vanity and lies inseparable.
PS Is the danger of detection real danger?
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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 5:43:34 PM
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Daemon wrote:
When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


Lying is bad enough, it hides the truth for some time. But spinning the truth is worse, it hides the lie forever.
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