According to American author Booth Tarkington, "There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink." Years ago, I posed a question to another forum as to what the other thing might be. Perhaps indicative of where my mind was at the time, I was thinking suicide. Another discussant suggested "putting unmarried young ladies in an unfortunate condition" - which may well be what Tarkington had in mind. (I'm not sure I agree; I know several gay men of whom I would not believe this unless I had a DNA test in hand - and perhaps not even then.)
I thought about this again today when I heard that a former coworker of mine has pled guilty to sexual relations with an underage student of hers. When the accusations first came out, I simply could not believe it - this was almost the very last person of anyone I knew that I would suspect of such a thing. In retrospect, I think I must invoke Tarkington's quote: some things will be believed of any person whatsover.
What are some things - unfortunate or no - that would be believed about practically anyone? The obvious is that they have died. I would say that suicide is, unfortunately, still on the sort list as well. What others?