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    look into someone's soul

    Hi,

    I don't seem to understand what this sentence is referring to: "Woody Allen likes to joke that he cheated on his metaphysics exam by looking into the soul of the student next to him." What is the author implying? That the author of this play, Stoppard, actually failed to provide any rational evidence about the existance of God that he intended to and in the end tried to conceal the flaws of the play with some emotional parts?

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    Here's a bigger chunk of text:

    "Although “Assassins” may not think deeply, it does at least think out of the box, which is itself an achievement. It is well sung, gorgeous to look at, and meticulous in its detail. Still, it has been freighted with more weight than it can properly carry. It promises a journey into the psychopathic interior, but it remains resolutely on the outskirts. “The show will live on,” André Bishop wrote in his introduction to the 1991 version. I respectfully beg to differ. Despite the boldness of its surface, “Assassins” is more semaphore than metaphor.

    The spectacle of waving and drowning is part of “Jumpers,” Tom Stoppard’s 1972 farce about ratiocination (London’s Royal National Theatre production revived at the Brooks Atkinson, under the direction of David Leveaux), in which—through striptease, song, parody, paradox, a trained turtle, and a lost rabbit called Thumper—the author attempts to affirm the existence of God. Woody Allen likes to joke that he cheated on his metaphysics exam by looking into the soul of the student next to him; in “Jumpers,” Stoppard, another Ironist First Class, passes the test by cribbing from an entire library of moral philosophy. Intellectual audacity and chaotic idiocy combine in Stoppard’s particular showy farce form—a pageant of contradiction that broadcasts his stoicism and provides heat in a cooling universe."

    Source: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...rs-and-talkers

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    Re: look into someone's soul

    It's a comparison to looking at somebody else's paper, but Woody looked into somebody else's soul. It's a funny line. (The rest of that just goes over my head.)


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