Gypsy girls, dead bodies and smoking guns

In “The Brothers Karamazov” one of the brothers Dmitri Fyodorovich is described as spending a great deal of time engaged in acts of debauchery and dissipation. He is often said to have spent his money on liquor and gypsy girls.

I had a consultation during the time I was reading this book by Dostoevsky with a non-Irish lady who had swarthy, sallow skin and black, curly hair and I could not get the reference to the dancing, partying gypsy girls in “The Brothers Karamazov” out of my mind.

It is amazing how an idea gets into your mind, and it is virtually impossible to dispel, no matter how hard you try.

Speaking of images or ideas in your mind I heard one of the Queen’s Counsel in the “Wagatha Christie” legal proceedings between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney planting a wonderful image in the minds of the Judge and jury the other day. He was suggesting that proving that Rebekah Vardy was the author of the leaked messages which caused Coleen Rooney great upset was not going to be like a cowboy movie with someone standing over a dead body with smoking guns visible.

You would have to draw inferences as to what was the most likely explanation as to how the messages came to be leaked to the newspapers. But there would be no dead body and smoking gun.

These images which are always used by top lawyers are so powerful. Like my gypsy girl they are hard to eradicate from the mind once the image is planted there.