"Can I ask you a question? Maybe kinda personal?"Now, I assume my student doesn't know that Dr. So-and-So and I are not equally heterosexual. And while I suppose it's nice that her suspicion that we might be married wasn't disturbed by the fact that we do not share a last name, the only evidence she seemed to have in support of our being married was that we both teach Shakespeare.
"Um," I said. "Maybe."
"Are you married to another professor at RU?"
"Oh!" I said, and smiled, thinking that there was probably someone in another department with the same last name. "No, I'm not."
"No?" She said. "Really? Because there's another professor in the English department who teaches Shakespeare--Dr. So-and-So? And I thought you might be married."
Because really: what the hell would either of us have in common with a normal person?