You don’t ever know — unless you do

Rereading one of my favorite books, Richard Ford’s Canada, and renewing my admiration for his writing.  This exchange between the main character (age 15, and in my top 5 book characters), Dell Parsons, and Mildred Remlinger:

“How do you know what’s really happening to you?”

“Oh, you never do…..  There are two kinds of people in the world…, well, really, there are lots of kinds.  But at least two are the people who understand you don’t ever know; then there’s the ones who think you always do.  I’m in the former group.  It’s safer.”

It occurs to me that I vacillate between the two groups – which in itself explains a lot.

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