The everyman, Phoebe, and Merete have all fallen into various predefined roles that uphold, in a negative way, the everyman’s idea of his own averageness. Phoebe delivers a self-aware tirade that places the everyman and herself within the context of a well-worn trope, that of the cheating husband and the suffering wife. The catalyst for the descent into tropes is the everyman’s lying. Lies, according to Phoebe, are a way of controlling another person, while at the same time they change the teller of lies into something limited, too. Instead of being rational agents with mutual trust, the couple becomes actors following a commonplace storyline. The everyman marries Merete in part to finish off the storyline, giving it more weight by cementing their relationship together. It is only then that he finds out there is less to her than the erotic role she has been playing, the charming “hole” – she is another sort of void, a vapid collection of doubts, failings and fears, incapable of satiating his emotional needs. Unable to help him live forever young, Merete reveals herself as a mirror of his own morbidity.