“i am going to digress a bit here,” samantha told her silent audience, “but i think this is a good lead-in to our discussion, and also you might find it kind of amusing.”
she turned and tapped the chart on the wall with a pointer she had picked up from the small table on the stage.
“what this chart is intended to show,” samantha announced, “is the discrepancy - the difference - between real life and life as portrayed in movies and tv.”
“is there a difference?” jocko asked. why did i say that, he wondered. boredom must be making me crazy.
“ha, ha, another good question,” samantha said. “you certainly have a way with the questions. what did you say your name was?”
“i didn’t.” i am in for it now, jocko thought, but it is all my own fault.
“well, what is your name?,” samantha asked with a smile.
“jocko,” jocko answered after a moment’s hesitation.
“well, jocko, i am happy to see that you find this presentation so interesting. and i have not even begun!” samantha wagged the pointer at the chart behind her. “so, let’s get on with it, shall we?”
“sure,” jocko muttered.
“all right, then. as you can see, the chart is divided into three columns. on the left we have a list of different types of persons who can be the protagonists - the main characters - of a movie or tv show or novel. in the second row we show the percentage of times this type of person is actually the main character in these shows or books. and then in the third row we show the percentage of these people in the real world.”