Rory Stewart’s father could be pithy, taciturn, and funny (without necessarily trying to be). Here his son tries to open up a discussion on some of the deeper sides of life, to which his old man gives short shrift. He had a tendency to shut down unwanted conversations in this brisk manner, and I liked this response in particular.
‘What do you think of death, Daddy?’ I asked him.
‘Not an awful lot.’
He does not seem to have been a big fan of speculating on unknowns.
Source: Rory Stewart, The Marches: Border Walks with my Father (London: Vintage, 2017), p. 294
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