INT. CLASSROOM. DAY.
SUBTITLE: "NOVEMBER, 2003."
Bill and his classmates sit around the conference table. Professor Maxwell circles them, leaving stapled packets face down in front of each student.
Alright, now upon receiving your first papers,
you’ll find my two-to-four cents are stapled to
the back. On the front you’ll see two things:
a letter grade, circled, which is invariably
the moment you’ve all been waiting for, and
you’ll see the name of another member of this
class. That will be your brainstorming partner
for the next paper. It’s safe to assume I’ve
given these partnerships a fair amount of
consideration. And if it unnerves you to think
that perhaps this whole time I’ve been watching
you, well, you picked the wrong school.
A packet lands in front of Bill and he reads the comments nervously:
Bill - This is an excellent paper, thoughtful and precise. Your research is strong, your argument is strong, and your interest in the concept of negative space will likely occupy you for the rest of your studies, if not your life. As you know, I am loath to let freshmen into my upper-level classes but you are singlehandedly inspiring me to be more lenient. I’m very impressed, and believe you me, that doesn’t happen often. Now speak up in class!!!
He flushes red and turns the paper over. At the top, circled as promised, is his grade: A --. And beside that, much to his excitement, the name of his study partner: Jacob Overman.
William Taylor Bright <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Jacob Overman <email@example.com>
This is Bill from Professor Maxwell’s class. I saw that we were paired to brainstorm for the upcoming paper and was wondering if that would be something you’d actually want to do; I definitely have enjoyed your contributions to class so I’d love to pick your brain for this essay. No worries though, of course, if you weren’t planning on doing that part of the assignment.
Thanks and all best,
RE: English Paper
Jacob Overman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: William Taylor Bright <email@example.com>
oh wow thanks bill! yeah of course i’m planning on doing that part of the assignment haha! am curious to hear your thoughts on the class... have yet to hear you speak but i have appreciated your expression of rapt attention (and occasional justifiable annoyance?) in class! i live on the third floor of spolin down the hall from a parlor that no one ever uses -- we could meet there wednesday at 9? looking forward! j