Liz wrote:suec wrote: These people are thrown together by chance, in the sense that they chose to live at Happy Days, rather than choosing to live with each other. Social conventions are what make the communal spaces easier to share.
This is an insightful comment on human sociology. It's not something I normally think about, but it makes perfect sense--especially when it pertains to the residents at Happy Days. And I can see that going on at my dad's residence. In fact, I can see myself responding in that fashion when the time comes--to a degree.
We impose our own rules/guidelines to suit where we are, don't we. We all know we act differently in different places and with different people. Self preservation, the origin of manners?
To me the two quotes seem a contradiction. Am I being too simplistic to say that he either needs to see the residents as liarsor pretenders or not? He can't have both unless he has some revelation inbetween, which he didn't seem to at the point in the book.