Late-1966, armed with ten questions relating to possible hidden meanings in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, a group of curious high-school students wrote an inquisitive letter to the English playwright. Soon enough, to his credit, Pinter replied. His terse response can be enjoyed below.
(Source: The Telegraph; Image of Harold Pinter via Focus Features.)
7 HANOVER TERRACE
4 November 1966.
Dear Master Seaman,
I'm glad to know of the interest of Form 5A in THE CARETAKER. I will answer your questions quite frankly.
i) Davies' papers are at Sidcup because that's where they are.
ii) His name is assumed because he assumed it.
iii) The two brothers see little of each other because they rarely meet.
iv) Aston fiddles with his plugs because he likes doing it.
v) When he goes out to walk, he walks.
vi) The monk swears at Davies because he doesn't like him.
vii) Davies doesn't like coloured people.
viii) He refuses to believe that he makes noises during the night.
ix) The Buddha is a Buddha.
x) The shed is a shed.
I assure you that these answers to your questions are not intended to be funny.
My best wishes to you all.
(Signed, 'Harold Pinter')