I warned him, but he didn’t listen.
“Don’t touch the dog. He doesn’t like it.”
“Oh, don’t worry. I’ll make him like me!” He smiled, his mouth an exhausted rubber band pulled listlessly to both sides of a disingenuous and frankly uninspiring face.
Not exactly a “no means no” kind of guy.
Lou snapped at him twice before he gave up, retreating with a look of pure resentment shot toward me like I hadn’t just warned him, hadn’t told him so. Exactly so.
Of course, it was the dog’s fault, wasn’t it? And because I am responsible for the dog, Lou’s not liking this particular man was also my fault; the dog is still my dog, after all, and it shouldn’t snap at anyone, least of all someone determined to make him like him.
Imagine making something, someone, anyone like you. Being blameless to such fault. Imagine believing in that, as a person.
According to a book I read about filmmaking, an easy way to signal to the audience that a character is a good person is to have them pet a dog.
The dog, of course, has to let them. Has to want to be approached in the first place, to say nothing of the person approaching it.
Now. Imagine that.