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  • Regulus Black: Someone should do a study.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: …A study?
  • Regulus Black: To try and figure out why some people can’t bring themselves to trust anyone, even if it’s in their own best interest.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: Why is it no one *ever* believes me, even when I’m telling the truth?
  • Regulus Black: Have you ever heard the story about the boy who cried, “wolf”?
  • Barty Crouch Jr: No.
  • Regulus Black: It’s a children’s story about a young shepherd boy who gets lonely while tending his flock. So, he cries out to the villagers that a wolf is attacking the sheep. The people come running, but of course there’s no wolf. He claims that it’s run away, and the villagers praise him for his vigilance.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: Clever lad. A charming story.
  • Regulus Black: I’m not finished. The next day, the boy does it again, and the next day, too, and on the fourth day? A wolf really comes. The boy cries out at the top of his lungs, but the villagers ignore him, and the boy and his flock are gobbled up.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: ……Well. That’s a little *graphic* for children, wouldn’t you say?
  • Regulus Black: The point is: if you lie all the time, nobody’s going to believe you, even when you’re telling the truth.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: ……Are you *sure* that’s the point, Regulus?
  • Regulus Black: Of course. What else could it be?
  • Barty Crouch Jr: That you should never tell the same lie twice.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: I’m sorry, Severus, but I just don’t see the value of this man’s work.
  • Severus Snape: Barty, Shakespeare is one of the giants of Muggle literature.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: I knew Brutus was going to kill Caesar in the first act, but Caesar didn’t figure it out until the knife was in his back.
  • Severus Snape: That’s what makes it a *tragedy*! Caesar couldn’t conceive that his best friend would plot to kill him.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: “Tragedy” is not the word I’d use. “Farce” would be more appropriate.
  • Severus Snape: I can’t believe you’re not pressing charges.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: Regulus and Rabastan expressed a similar concern — but really, Severus. There was no harm done.
  • Severus Snape: Potter and Regulus’s brother broke seven of your ribs and fractured your clavicle.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: Ah, but I got off several cutting remarks, which no doubt did serious damage to their egos.
  • Severus Snape: Barty, this isn’t funny.
  • Barty Crouch Jr: I’m serious, Sev! Thanks to your ministrations, I’m almost completely healed. But the damage I did to them will last a *lifetime*.
  • Nott: The old Pureblood ways are passing. There was a time, when I was a young man, when the mere mention of the Sacred Twenty-Eight made Mudbloods tremble. Now, your generation is opening restaurants and serving meals to the grandchildren of men I slaughtered in battle. Things are not what they used to be — not even the blood oath.
  • Theo Nott: I know you, Father. You don’t believe that.
  • Nott: What I believe is no longer relevant.