"I’m not a very gregarious person; I’m very shy. The very fact that I have difficulty quite often with people is a good thing for me because it seems that I happen to have a very beady eye. I’m very interested in people, in anyone. I’m interested in people in shops, people I don’t know at all, or on the street. I make up disgraceful stories about them just by guessing. And that’s how it works."
- William Trevor, in interview