All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.
If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
~Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird
Do you think he’s the murderer?
It’s worse than that—he’s an actor!
~Julian Fellowes, Gosford Park: The Shooting Script
Hidden away behind the closed doors of aristocratic and bourgeois privilege, concealed under those ultra-respectable masks of black frock coat and veil, the green glow of corruption flickers into sight, steadies, and spreads everywhere, fostered by Lorrain’s horrified and complicitous gaze. This decadent detective is at one with the criminal he pursues, acknowledging openly that the representation of corruption is one of the most pleasurable forms that corruption can take. In this enterprise, art is the mask that both exposes and conceals culpability.