The Dirty Trick Of Hope, And How The Existentialists Saw Through It

Rob Marchant
Jul 12, 2020 · 4 min read

A man is wrongfully imprisoned for murder, and as he descends into his cot for the first time, with the clang of steel echoing in his ears, he hopes.

He hopes that his lawyer will be able to get a retrial. He hopes that his wife will remain faithful to him, and that his daughter will forgive him for leaving. He hopes that he won’t get shanked in the…