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    motivation was telling

    In any event, the question she kept turning over in her mind was a simple one: why [the man had perfect fingernails]? Motivation was telling, even when such small things as fingernails were concerned.
    (C. Paolini; Inheritance)

    What does the 'telling' mean here?
    Is it an adjective meaning 'revealing the true nature of a person'?
    Thanks.

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    Re: motivation was telling

    Yes, Suprunp, I'd say you have the exact meaning of 'telling' as it applies to the context given.

    John

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