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Ranald Barnicot

Vive l'existentialisme! And a very good beginning to a story. But, if you'll pardon my carping ex-EFL teacher's pedantry, shouldn't the first sentence have started "For Dick and me, ...", not for "Dick and I, ..." ?

Robert Goddard

Of course you are fully pardoned, Ranald, and as an ex-EFL teacher myself, I see you are right about the first sentence. But over the last 30 years of writing, I find myself breaking the rules or simply disregarding them because I like the sound of the "incorrect" version better. The word "but" at the beginning of the previous sentence is something I often do although I know it is - technically - "incorrect."

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