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"He learned the universal language of the milieu: the language of indirection, gesture, and the significant glance. Honesty and dishonesty existed in such completely equal measure that it was impossible to distinguish them. The lack of truth in most of the sharp, witty, and fantastic exchanges that passed for conversation was so obvious and so enormous that in was no longer untruth. There was no way of separating fact from fiction, nor was there any reason to do so."