"In" and "the" are words so small and common that they are barely noticeable, but like a speck in the eye they can change the nature of your world.

Suppose friends invited you to be their guest at a classy fine restaurant—one you can’t afford to go to even though you have wanted to—and you knew there was one chance in a million that at mid-meal a waiter would deliberately pour a gallon of warm chocolate pudding on your hair and under your shirt collar. Would you go? Sure, it’s only one in a million; a remote chance.