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CKM367

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Russian
In 'The Lovers' by John Connolly, there is such a dialogue:

“Doesn’t say much,” said Louis.
“She’s a deaf mute.”
“That would explain it. Good-looking woman, though, if you like the quiet type.”
“You ever think of taking sensitivity training?” I said.

What may sensitivity mean in this context? Why sensitivity training?
 
  • MattiasNYC

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    Swedish
    It probably means that the person talking ("I" in the text) thought what Louis said was insensitive. A sensitive person would arguably not have made fun of the deaf mute woman's disability. Although I personally found it to be funny.
     

    mplsray

    Senior Member
    Do you see Louis as having said something offensive about the deaf mute woman?
    Yes, I do. "Good-looking woman, though, if you like the quiet type." He is making a sarcastic joke at the deaf woman's expense.

    He may have been prodded into this by the suggestion he should take sensitivity training, rather than the person criticizing him saying something simple such as "Don't be so insensitive."

    Correction: No, I got the timing wrong. Louis was being snarky before the narrator suggested sensitivity training.
     
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    CKM367

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Many thanks as for the answers as for the correction. Since now, I will know that the remarks like that may seem offensive.
     
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