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Journal 4
Man, this emo shit was supposed to be for people who didn't have hats.
Title text: Man, this emo shit was supposed to be for people who didn't have hats.


In Journal 1, Black Hat explains to Cueball that a hobby of his is to pretend to write in a journal while on the subway, acting embarrassed if anyone sees. He then proceeds to silently scorn the person once they give him any kind of reassurance.

In Journal 2, however, Danish sees through his ruse. She counteracts it by proving that she understands him, and attempts to resign him to the fact that he will never see her again, thus robbing him of the satisfaction of a proper social connection. She leaves, taking his hat in the process. Initially stunned, in Journal 3 he at last regained his hat, the emblem of his personality and attitude, leaving him with the higher ground.

Now, precipitously, Black Hat has found himself to be in love with Danish, even though this counters his whole worldview. As stated in the title text, he somehow believed that he was immune to such feelings. What is he to do? And why is he in love? And how?

The title text indicates that Black Hat had previously believed that his hat signified, or even caused, immunity from emotional sensitivity (usually depicted in his classhole behavior). The meaning of Black Hat's hat is not specified, but it is clearly something important to him. More evidence of the hat's adumbrative meaning can be seen in 455: Hats.

The whole "Journal" story is:


[Black Hat sits slumped over on a bench, holding his hat in one hand, displaying his thin hair, while resting his cheek on his other arm.]
Black Hat: SiGH

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Black hat is going *really* out of character here. Lovesickness in this callous troll? Blasphemy! Davidy22 (talk) 03:34, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

We all have our moments. Thokling (talk) 15:06, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
He does have a heart, he simply does not use it much. -- 22:47, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
Well, a pacemaker, and it breaks down often, and it...okay I see your point. 18:44, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

"his hat ... caused, immunity from sadness or angst?" He. Has. Taken. It. OFF! -- 09:33, 27 October 2019 (UTC)