[On another day he wouldn't ask. On another day this might never have happened at all. But it did happen and he is asking because he just can't see himself the way Conrad does. He knows his mistakes all too well. His shortcomings. His fears. His insecurities. He's almost an expert in seeing the best in others, but he never quite learned how to turn it on himself.]
Are... Are you sure it isn't...?
Julia? [Does he need to put it into a sentence? He sees all of that in Julia. He understands why Conrad would love her. Why he'd say things like this about her. It just doesn't feel like it fits him somehow.]