Narrative as fate

"…the mainspring of narrative is precisely the confusion of consecution and consequence, what comes after being read in narrative as what is caused by; in which case narrative would be a systematic application of the logical fallacy denounced by Scholasticism in the formula post hoc, ergo propter hoc - a good motto for Destiny, of which narrative (all things considered) is no more than the ‘language’."

- Roland Barthes, 'Structural Analysis of Narratives', Image - Music - Text, p.94