[ ... but for the sake of public appearances he does quite well ]
Of course, as it should be everyone's goal. [ He hesitates for a moment ] ... Maybe not to the letter, but close. The word, possibly.
Presumably, yes. It would explain the large amount of people who speak of things I am.... unfamiliar with. I suggest talking to as many people as possible and gathering information when you feel comfortable.
[ He's being sort of hypocritical, considering he hasn't talked to *many* people yet, but hey, he's still settling in as well. Talking to this red haired human is already placing him out of his comfort zone. ]