"That sounded bad, and so naturally Wynston made straight for the conference room."
Never let it be said that Wynston is the type to shy away from explosive situations, but
"It wasn't enough to just be himself, cute though that idea seemed. It never had been enough, never would be, and he was old enough to know that."
And this level of matter-of-fact cynicism is sad. Wynston never does get to be himself - it's always who he needs to be.