“Does anyone wish to challenge me on
that?” she asked.
The fellow across the table laughed out loud.
Was it a confident
laugh of utter derisiveness about how he
her argument in a moment or was he being
cautious about the challenge
because he knew she was really smart and
he had to be really
smart in return or was he agreeing with her
because he thought
she was right? Or was it the nervous laugh
of someone who was
afraid of the challenge? It all comes down to
the nuance of the laugh, doesn’t it?