Originally Posted by archiguy
My guess is she picked the Constitution because of the way it's written -- in a style that wouldn't just flow off the tongue easily. I know I wouldn't be able to just start rattling off phrases in that stilted-sounding language that would make any sense.
But here's the problem: in a dream, how could you know you were really rattling off phrases in that stilted-sounding language? After all, it never really happened. All you would have is a possibly flawed memory of it in the other reality. I've done all kinds of stuff in dreams that I couldn't do in real life but I wasn't really doing those things.
The show could be using a classic narrative trick called the unreliable narrator.
Just because we saw him reading the Constitution correctly may not mean he really was, only that he thought he had when remembering it in the other reality.
And this is a very lucid "dream" he's having.
Or two very lucid dreams. Remember, it's a TV show.
Plus, he could easily check it out the next day as you mention. I would.
But remember the other thing I said? How would he know he was correctly remembering what he had read in the other reality? Was he attempting to memorize the Constitution while he read it? It looked like he had just read it, assumed it was correct, and put it down.
I think to keep this show going for very long, it will have to employ these kinds of tricks to keep the audience guessing and wondering... unless they do the Lost thing and keep adding layer upon layer of misdirection.