Why is he still bothered? What was it about what George said which unsettles him, hounds his conscience, and even the in-betweens of his thoughts, the pauses in his dreams, up to this day? To others, what George said to Franco was a pure reaction. But pure reaction, one devoid of prudence, one unfiltered by tact or self-awareness, is the realest of reactions. When we think about what we do, we manufacture an action. We have thought of, and thus repressed, what we truly felt. But when we act without thinking, we present the truest of our sentiments. It is cruel honesty. It is the pulse of our emotions. When we are caught off-guard, that is when we see who we really are. So to Franco, it wasn’t simply a pure reaction. It was the undiluted truth. Franco is used to subtext now. He isn’t equipped any longer to handle raw truth. He wasn’t ready for the truth George was carrying all along.