Mr. Beebe's ill-timed attempts at small talk
Posted by Constanza on February 26, 1998 at 17:13:13:
Have you noticed that whenever Mr. Beebe is willing to make some small talk, or simply be friendly he is sure to say something in relation to what the person he is talking to is afraid of, or is trying to hide or forget.
For instance, right after all the problem with George and the book and the kiss, he talks about the influence of literature in real life.
Then, when Mr. Emerson and Lucy are at the library and she is trying not to openly lie, he raises the subject of her going to Greece with the Misses Alans.
And then, his only real important conversation with Cecil takes place right after the engagement and he speaks mainly of Lucy and her "new wings" (which Cecil is about to cut).
I cannot think of other such instances right now, but I'm sure there must be more.
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