|>On the other hand, not everyone agrees on what a cheat is. If the missing
>words in the letter show that those aren't Gwen's kids, and that Peter's
>reaction, which seemed to be about him and Gwen having kids, really was about
>something else, would that be a cheat?
No, it's the same as it is with any good mystery, you layer the clues out
slowly. What comes out will not be inconsistent with what's written. If it
were, then it would be a cheat.
I thin it's important to play fair with the audience, so that at the end of a
given story, if they roll back the film, as it were, all the pieces were there
to figure something out, in plain sight...they may not have known the
implications at that time, but at the end, it all adds up, and you don't change
the rules mid-stream.
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