newtimes. NB: These are not the real protagonists of my story, which took place on the SkyTrain in Vancouver.
The two women were gabbing excitedly. I wasn't trying to eavesdrop. But suddenly, from the midst of their conversation, a strange sentence struck me.
It was uttered with a glib smoothness by one speaker, and received without dismay by the other.
"I was aware that he knew that I wasn't aware that she knew."
Though the other woman nodded with apparent understanding, I was befuddled by its bizarre intricacy. It was grammatical, but what did it mean?
For awhile I tried to unravel the meaning of this utterance. But I soon gave up. Way too confusing.