Today in class we were doing a little exercise to see how schemas and prior knowledge effect interpretation. The teacher put this passage up on the overhead projector:
There are two men. One man is at home wearing a mask, the other is coming home. The other man is afraid of the man in the mask.
We were then asked to interpret what the passage was about. I started giggling and shared my impression.
"They're lovers. One of them is the gimp*. You know, a little S&M."
Totally broke up the class. Definitely made a name for myself with that instructor. Yup, there's the guy she teases for being a bad student, the guy who falls asleep, and that girl with weird sexual practices on her mind.
* Yes, I know. The guy wouldn't be scared of the gimp. Perhaps the guy in the mask is the master.