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Bashir: Assuming you're not a spy...
Garak: Assuming.
Bashir: Then maybe you're an outcast.
Garak: Or maybe I'm an outcast spy.
Bashir: How could you be both?
Garak: I never said I was either.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine note 

Don Draper: When asked about your past, give vague, open-ended answers.
[woman enters]
Woman: So, Don... tell me about your family. Any brothers and sisters?
Don Draper: There was a man... with bright... shiny shoes. I saw him dancing... until the accident.
Woman: Oh, how mysterious!

Roger Sterling: So Don, why don't you tell us a little about yourself?
Don Draper: I would, but it'd ruin the first half of my novel.
Mad Men, the actual show this time.

Renault: I've often speculated why you don't return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Did you run off with a Senator's wife? I like to think that you killed a man. It's the romantic in me.
Rick: It's a combination of all three.
Renault: And what in Heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.

You are being deliberately obscure as a substitute for having a personality.
Bonnie McFarlane, Red Dead Redemption

The instructor was somebody named Whitlaw. Nobody knew much about him. It was his first semester here. We'd heard some rumors though - that he'd once punched a kid for mouthing off and broken his jaw. That he couldn't be fired. That he'd seen active duty in Pakistan, and still had the ears of the men and women he'd killed. That he was still involved in some super-secret operation and this teaching job was just a cover. And so on.
The first time I saw him, I believed it all.


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