Indirect speech

Fainjin can be quite a wordy little man, when it comes to asking for things.  I don’t know why, but about half the time he won’t ask for something straight out.  Instead of saying, “Please can I have some milk?”, he’d rather say, “Please can I have something to drink that’s white?”

Most of the time I have no trouble figuring out what he wants, perhaps because I’ve become used to it.  Sometimes, though, for the life of me I don’t know what he’s asking for – and he won’t clarify.  This can lead to frustration on both sides.  It’s a peculiar sort of stubborness: it seems he would rather stick to his coded messages and wait for the penny to drop, than say it outright and get what he wants at once!

I suppose I should admire his persistence in sticking to his principles.

© UpsideBackwards 2011.

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