"And yet attending to things that make Hannah unhappy - it's such a natural reflex. It feels so intrinsic, it feels in some ways like who she is. The unflattering observations she makes about other people, the comments that get her in trouble, aren't these truer than small talk and thank-you notes? Worse, but truer. And underneath all the decorum, isn't most everyone judgmental and disappointed? Or is is it only certain people, and can she choose not to be one of them - can she choose this without also, like her mother, just giving in?"
The Man of My Dreams, p. 139
By Curtis Sittenfeld