Oafish bill (john’s twin brother; see items above) has heard nothing of john’s unfortunate encounter with carole, and he decides to ask her out. just as he approaches her she bursts into laughter, apparently in response to a joke someone just told. bill immediately pops the question and she politely declines, having decided to join a convent at the end of the semester. a week later bill bumps into carole on campus but feels no particular embarrassment. the pairing of bill’s request for a date and carole’s laughter is most likely an example of ________.
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