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The Treachery of Images


is a painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte.  The picture shows a pipe. Below it, Magritte painted, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”   French for “This is not a pipe.” The painting is not a pipe, but rather an image of a pipe, which was Magritte’s point:

[ for a full analysis of “The Treachery of Images”  click here http://foucault.info/documents/foucault.thisIsNotaPipe.en.html ]

Similarly, a landlord issued a 3 Day notice to the tenant on which he wrote “this is not an eviction notice.”   When the tenant failed to pay the rent after three days,  the landlord filed an eviction in court.   The judge ruled that if the three day  notice stated  it  “is not an eviction notice, “   then it isnt*.   Therefore the landlord  failed to issue an eviction notice,  which is a condition precedent  to filing the case in court.  Judgment was entered for the tenant and the case was didmissed with prejudice.    Surreal  ?   You be the judge.

*THOMAS CALDERON, Plaintiff, vs. BONNIE MURPHY, Defendant. County Court, 7th Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Civil Division. Case No. 2010 21794 CONS. September 21, 2010. Honorable Shirley A. Green, Judge. 18 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 698a