Day 095 – A (fictional) example of interpersonal curiosity

My favorite Jane Austen novel, if, indeed, it is possible to have a favorite, is Persuasion. There are a number of passages that speak to me. Here is one, where Anne Elliott visits her home, which is rented out to an Admiral Croft and his wife. Admiral Croft says to Anne:

“‘Well, [come] whenever it suits you. You can slip in from the shrubbery at any time. And there you will find we keep our umbrellas, hanging up by that door. A good place, is it not? But’ (checking himself) ‘you will not think it a good place, for yours were always kept in the butler’s room. Ay, so it always is, I believe. One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.'”

Perhaps this isn’t interpersonal curiosity exactly. The Admiral doesn’t ask Anne or try to understand why the Elliotts kept the umbrellas in the butler’s room, but I love his good-hearted openness–and his perspicacity that we do all indeed like our own ways best, which can make being curious difficult sometimes.

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