They walked on toward the point in peaceful silence. Finally, Verner said, “Years ago you never talked about horsepower and fertilizer.”
“I didn’t realize they were interesting. Common-place things can be fascinating.”
“But yourself, personal things — you don’t talk about that,” Verner observed.
“Maybe not about the things that matter most,” Grandmother said. She stopped to think. “In any case, less than I used to. I suppose I’ve already said most of it by this time. And I realized that it wasn’t worth it. Or that I didn’t have the right to say it.”
— Tove Jansson, The Summer Book, translated by Thomas Teal