Do You See Me Now? How About Now?


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Dr. “Jackey” Barrett of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, was as well known for his eccentricities as he was for his ability to teach Hebrew. As a rule he prefaced everything he said with the words, “Do you see me now.” A typical conversation would be like this:

Student: “Good morning, Dr. Barrett.”

Barrett: “Do you see me now. Good morning to you.”

Student: “May I make an appointment to see you about my grade?”

Barrett: “Do you see me now. Yes, please see my secretary, and she will help you.”

Student: “Couldn’t I just see you now?”

Barrett: “Do you see me now. No,  you may not see me now.”

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