Ridyear Certainly his death was a tragedy.

Holt I agree, but I wonder if Clark agrees.

Clark Of course I agree. I had a very great respect for him.

Holt But that isn’t what I was asking. I remember hearing you say once, with such conviction that you almost convinced me, that an accident is not a tragedy. And this death was an accident.

Clark I see. But all you are doing is taking meanings from quite separate orders of fact. Certainly tragedy, as a dramatic form, excludes accident, because accident has no significance, at least of a tragic kind. It’s true that the same word is increasingly used, in ordinary living, to describe some accident or disaster, and I happen to think this is wrong. But in any case we can discriminate, knowing when we are talking about one thing and when about another.