William Goldman enters the text once, italicizing his own words, to discuss S. Morgenstern's use of parentheses. He informs us that his editors are pulling their hair out over the facts the writer has chosen to insert, questioning their validity and their necessity at all. William Goldman tells us what he says he told them—that S. Morgenstern put them there for whatever reason he wanted, perhaps to suggest that the story is fiction. At any rate, he ends by saying that if the parentheses bug us as readers, then we should not read them.

The insertion of William Golding's voice is the first of many, and it is particularly interesting because he told us just in the last chapter that his system of writing is simply to include what sounds right. Here he is excusing the fictional S. Morgenstern for doing the same thing, and it all could be seen as a clever way of reminding the readers not to take the story too seriously, and to enjoy what the writer put there without trying to figure out why. After all, perhaps S. Morgenstern, like William Goldman himself, simply writes what sounds right. We see here the beginning of what is in its entirety a very self- conscious book. Whenever something could potentially strike us as strange and untrue, William Goldman steps in and offers explanations, apologies and forgiveness for the books' "real author." He is at once writer and critic, actor and audience, rule-creator, and trouble-maker.