Manny was Paul Artisan's former professor at Columbia University. Since then, the two became firm friends, sharing responsibility of the chocolate Labrador, Argos. Artisan seeks Manny's advice and wisdom many times, and is often referred to passages or messages/metaphors from classic literature.
"Loving isnt saving. No one can save another person."
"True stories usually dont have cheery endings. A cheery ending usually means that the story has been tampered with, and the game has been rigged."
"Sinister is the latin word for left."
"Purgatory, thats when everything is up for grabs. The stakes could get higher. There is suffering, but unlike on earth, the suffering isn't senseless and random. It has meaning and a purpose. Destinies balance on a knife edge. The slightest slip dooms you to perdition. Not just for a while. Forever. No more second chance. Purgatory is the second chance. The last chance. The hard road and the only road that can lead on to redemp--"
(Talking about The Turn of the Screw) "Turns out there are other inferences, other deductions"
"Life is complicated. Thats the point. It's like a string of numbers, you add them up, there's only one solution."
"Love is the closest thing to an antidote for mortality."
"There is a kind of truth that can be found in books, and a kind of truth than could be found in deeds."