Harriet, a church activist in a small town, considered herself the gold standard for morality. She also was a notorious gossip and when she noticed George’s pickup truck parked in front of the town tavern, she spread the rumor that George was a degenerate drunk. She even confronted him outside the tavern and, wagging her finger in front of his face, loudy accused him of wasting his life in a bar.
George said nothing. He did not defend himself and he did not deny her withering accusations. That night he parked his truck in front of her house and walked home. He left it there all night.