Brandes Lays Off More Than 40

Kierkegaard used pseudonyms in his authorship as a short cut to providing a literary, psychological and cultural context to the major points in his work. If “annehumphreville” is indeed a pseudonym, it may be helpful for posters to view its use similarly; specifically, as a symbol or at least as an “homage” to a departed victim. Many recall Ann as being a talented and dedicated professional who seemed deliberately and pointlessly stymied by management in her professional and personal growth at the firm. Despite her seniority and scope of responsibility, she was never made a partner. Her dedication did not appear to be reciprocated and she seemed embittered in the end by her treatment. Ann, therefore, seems emblematic of capricious and unnecessary trauma exacted by management on employees then and certainly now. She would agree with every word ascribed to her here. The intelligent reader will immediately recognize “annehumphreville” as “Banquo’s Ghost”, returning to accuse its worldly victimizer or “Old King Hamlet” encouraging the survivors to wake up to ignored injustices, spurring them on to “dull revenge”. Recall her memorial service where managing partners paraded around in mock sorrow abusing even her memory as an opportunity to display emotions that were nothing more than sublimated and narcissistic thanatophobia. I see no disrespect above. What I see is a literary person being represented in a literary way.
— December 9, 2011 10:01 a.m.

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