No More Nice Guy

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Every moment, every breath, Pearl tries to be nice.

She was told by her mother, when she was a little girl and had pig-tails and wore uncomfortable turtle-necks, that it was better to say nothing at all if you couldn’t say anything nice.

“Why are you so nice?” I asked Pearl. She then told me about this book she just read, about the socialization of civility, and I don’t understand.