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    What does this statement suggest?

    Robert talked a great deal about himself. He was young, and did not know any better.

    What's that 'did not know any better' referring to?
    Is it about that he talks too much about himself, and that's immature?

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    Re: What does this statement suggest?

    Is it about that he talks too much about himself, and that's immature?
    Yes. Immature or impolite; either way the writer is indicating that Robert is unaware of the appropriate social customs. In some instances/cultures it is considered rude or tiresome to talk about oneself too much.

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    Re: What does this statement suggest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    Yes. Immature or impolite; either way the writer is indicating that Robert is unaware of the appropriate social customs. In some instances/cultures it is considered rude or tiresome to talk about oneself too much.
    Thanks for your clarification.
    That's from The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
    What follows is that "Mrs. Pontellier talked a little about herself for the same reason." I wonder what this 'reason' is suggesting, is it the social custom of not talking about oneself too much?
    Then follows by "Each was interested in what the other said." So, in this case, it shouldn't be the impoliteness, but the immaturity.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    Re: What does this statement suggest?

    You are correct, in Robert's case particularly it was due to immaturity. He was an ambitious young man, socially inexperienced, about to depart for Mexico to seek his fortune, and was trying in his own way to impress Mrs. Pontellier. Mrs. Pontellier, on the other hand, was a bit non-traditional for the time and place (late 19th century in the American South, a place that was more formal and old-fashioned when it came to social behavior, especially among the upper-classes); she was an independent feminist at a time when women were expected to be demure.

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