[IrishElk] Before a Fall

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[IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby irishelk » Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:34 am

Mandy pretends that she has done somthing embarrassing that she has not actually done, but she does this because of pride. What is it?
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby trebor » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:40 am

Is she trying to save the reputation of someone who has done the thing? Has anyone done the particular embarrassing thing she is claiming?

Does she do this at work? At home? At a recreational activity? At school? Is she a HA?
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby CoffeeBean » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:54 pm

Would the thing have embarrassed Mandy herself? Another person? Mandy as well as another person? Other people?

Does the embarrassing thing involve interacting with another person? With an object? Saying something? Performing an action? Going to a specific place?

Does another person or people assume that Mandy has done the embarrassing thing before she pretends that she has done it? Does Mandy tell another person or people that she has done it?

Is it relevant or helpful to know how many people are involved in the situation? Is it just between Mandy and one other person? Mandy among a small group of people? Mandy and the whole world?
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby irishelk » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:50 pm

trebor

Is she trying to save the reputation of someone who has done the thing? No. Has anyone done the particular embarrassing thing she is claiming? No, good q.

Does she do this at work? At home? At a recreational activity? Closest to this. At school?
Is she a HA? Yes.


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Would the thing have embarrassed Mandy herself? Normally, yes, probably. Another person? Mandy as well as another person? Other people? It's only really embarrassing to the person who does it.

Does the embarrassing thing involve interacting with another person? No. With an object? Yes. Saying something? No. Performing an action? Yesish. Going to a specific place? It happens in a specific place.

Does another person or people assume that Mandy has done the embarrassing thing before she pretends that she has done it? No. Does Mandy tell another person or people that she has done it? Yes.

Is it relevant or helpful to know how many people are involved in the situation? Not specifically. Is it just between Mandy and one other person? Mandy among a small group of people? This. Mandy and the whole world?
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby Earnest » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:06 am

Is burping involved? Is any physical disease/discomfort relevant?
Was she performing a relevant action? E.g. eating? sleeping? cutting? talking? playing? cooking? chatting? using the phone? making pictures? others?

By pretending to have done the something embarrassing is she trying to save her reputation? To avoid that others think that she has done something else for other reasons? I mean, she has done ambiguous action A and was seen by others. For saving appearances/her reputation she pretended to have done action E (embarrassing). If so, was she seen by others doing action A? By someone in particular? Her son? Her husband? A friend? Is action A a crime? a joke? something that she wants to keep secret? a surprise?

Is her job relevant? Sexy shop relevant? Potentially embarrassing places?
Is Mandy famous? Public personality relevant?
Mandy pretends that she has done something embarrassing that she has not actually done --> did she openly. claimed it? Or maybe she let someone else think that she has done something embarrassing (e.g. she knew to be spied/photographed)?

WAG--> She is a spy and was caught in a motel with another man. She was making an interrogation to the man and to keep the secret she let others think that she was betraying her husband. Something along these lines?
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby irishelk » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:21 pm

Earnest

Is burping involved? No. Is any physical disease/discomfort relevant? No.
Was she performing a relevant action? Yes, or at least she says she was. E.g. eating? sleeping? cutting? talking? playing? cooking? chatting? using the phone? Yope--this is relevant. making pictures? others? Yes.

By pretending to have done the something embarrassing is she trying to save her reputation? Yes. To avoid that others think that she has done something else for other reasons? OTRT. I mean, she has done ambiguous action A and was seen by others. For saving appearances/her reputation she pretended to have done action E (embarrassing). This is not exactly the situation. If so, was she seen by others doing action A? By someone in particular? Her son? Her husband? A friend? Friends are present and see some of the relevant actions. Is action A a crime? a joke? something that she wants to keep secret? a surprise? What occurs in front of others is none of these.

Is her job relevant? No. Sexy shop relevant? No. Potentially embarrassing places? Yes.
Is Mandy famous? No. Public personality relevant? No.
Mandy pretends that she has done something embarrassing that she has not actually done --> did she openly. claimed it? Yes. Or maybe she let someone else think that she has done something embarrassing (e.g. she knew to be spied/photographed)?

WAG--> She is a spy and was caught in a motel with another man. She was making an interrogation to the man and to keep the secret she let others think that she was betraying her husband. Something along these lines? No, nothing this exciting. :)
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby Earnest » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:48 pm

using the phone? Yope--this is relevant --> to be sure: are we talking about her phone? The phone of someone else? Her boyfriend? a friend? Relevant? Action with the phone: social media relevant? checking email? checking messages? Deleting pictures? cheating rules? checking the web? Is she performing something with the "software" or with the "hardware"? I mean is she using the phone as a physical object or for what it can be done with the phone? is the action performed with the phone the embracing one? the one she claimed to have done? The other one?
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby trebor » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:28 pm

Had she actually done something that was worse than whatever she claimed to have done? Was the lie to cover her tracks somehow? Did it establish an alibi for her? If she hadn't claimed the embarrassing action would the damage to her reputation be: mild? Moderate? Severe? Would it result in the loss of friends? The loss of romantic relationships? A professional setback? A setback related to whatever the recreational activity is?

Does the pretending involve telling someone(s) verbally that she did the thing? Writing it down? (If so, on the phone?) Performing an action? Faking an action?

Is the recreational activity related to: sports/athletics? Music? Drama? Other arts? A book club? Social circle? AA? A religious group? Political organization? Special interest organization? Do you do this activity outdoors? Indoors?
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby irishelk » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:55 am

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using the phone? Yope--this is relevant --> to be sure: are we talking about her phone? Yes. The phone of someone else? Her boyfriend? a friend? Relevant? Somewhat.
Action with the phone: social media relevant? checking email? checking messages? Deleting pictures? cheating rules? checking the web? None of these, and while it's technically an 'action,' that's an odd word for what happens.
Is she performing something with the "software" or with the "hardware"? For what she pretends to have done? Mostly the hardware. I mean is she using the phone as a physical object or for what it can be done with the phone? Mostly the former. is the action performed with the phone the embracing one? Not sure what you mean? the one she claimed to have done? The other one?


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Had she actually done something that was worse than whatever she claimed to have done? No. Was the lie to cover her tracks somehow? Not really. Did it establish an alibi for her? No. If she hadn't claimed the embarrassing action would the damage to her reputation be: mild? Moderate? Severe? Hard to say, would depend on the person. Would it result in the loss of friends? The loss of romantic relationships? A professional setback? Irr, though she might fear these consequences. A setback related to whatever the recreational activity is? No.

Does the pretending involve telling someone(s) verbally that she did the thing? Yes. Writing it down? (If so, on the phone?) No. Performing an action? No. Faking an action? Only by saying that is happened.

Is the recreational activity (It's only this in a very loose sense) related to: sports/athletics? Music? Drama? Other arts? A book club? Social circle? This. AA? A religious group? Political organization? Special interest organization? Do you do this activity outdoors? Indoors? Could be either, but they are indoors.
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Re: [IrishElk] Before a Fall

Postby Balin » Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:33 pm

Is the social circle linked by a common hobby? Activity? Location? Occupation? Age? Gender?
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