The successful liar is never forgiven for showing us how tawdry the stories are in which we are eager to believe.
To a quite unwreckable Lie,
To a most impeccable Lie!
To a water-tight, fire-proof, angle-iron, sunk-hinge, time-lock, steel-faced Lie!
Not a private hansom Lie,
But a pair-and-brougham Lie,
Not a little-place-at-Tooting, but a country-house-with-shooting
And a ring-fence-deer-park Lie.
Sometimes one lies to avoid the appearance of lying.
Beneath our surface of deceit and pretense lies a core of pretense and deceit.