They stand in contrast to the characters who cook up rationalizations. Consider the second group's creative lines:
- "This was for your own good." Oh, that's why you kept it a secret. You wanted it to be a pleasant surprise.
- "I had to do it." How about the other choice of not doing it?
- "Everybody does it." Everybody doesn't and even if everyone does, so what?
- "If I hadn't done it, someone else would have." Thank God, I wasn't betrayed by a stranger!