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In the last confrontation between the seductress Matilda and the virginal innocent Julia, in a scene with Byzantine qualities, Julia is "completely unwitting" in her participation in the strangulation of Matilda. It is funny because of the conflict between reality and perception or expectation: humor comes from conflicts between what is and what self-interest expects or desires for there to be. When applied to Julia and Matilda, there is humor, yet the reality is humorless.
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