No, thanking and apologizing are just a cultural thing.
Sat Jun 30, 2018 18:21

“That’s good of you,” said Joe when Georgia defended herself against an accusation of homophobia which he hadn’t actually made. “It’s usually best just to leave people’s private lives to them.” God knew that no-one but him, God, and Joanie were ever going to know that he’d tried to kiss her in a moment of temporary insanity, and even if he’d been attracted to some nice Catholic girl in a nice normal Catholic way and they had had a very proper, polite Catholic relationship, he didn’t think he’d have cared to get into the details with - well, anyone, really.

Though, now that he thought of it…

“Though I guess that can lead to misunderstandings,” he said, back to speaking smoothly and focusing all his attention on the person he was speaking to, specifically Georgia. “Did you want to go to the Ball with Kir, but think he wouldn’t be interested?” he asked sympathetically.

Which was code, of course, for whether or not she had wanted to go with Zevalyn and had been surprised by Zevalyn going with a boy - or at least horribly disappointed. All of John’s furious rants about how difficult politeness made figuring out what the hell was going on were totally valid, as this conversation demonstrated, but Joe didn’t think he’d ever just be able to ask someone are you trying to tell me you’re a lesbian? At least not in this context, anyway, of a polite conversation in the Common Room where he was absolutely certain - well, pretty certain, anyway - that there was no chance she was trying to seduce him. He was just sort, as she was, and they had a mutual problem.

  • Is this information.... useful to you?Georgia, Fri Jun 29 23:02
    “Right, sounds good,” she nodded. She really should not have said anything about Kir, because Joe was rambling and she’d clearly made him uncomfortable, although she wasn’t sure why. Maybe he wasn’t... more
    • No, thanking and apologizing are just a cultural thing. — Joe , Sat Jun 30 18:21
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