In Riley the purple martin's colony, there is a well-known gossip named Voris. One morning as Riley is contemplating the new conflict between what he wants and what his parents want, Voris joins him. Riley confesses to the reader that he simply tolerates Voris to be nice, but doesn't actually like him.
Voris begins trying to pry information from Riley. The annoying thing about this, of course, is that when you're upset, the insensitivity of a gossip searching for juicy tidbits is offensive. Riley even says to Voris, "I don't want to talk about it" and though Voris responds with "I wouldn't think so" (Kiefer 16) he remains next to Riley waiting. Eventually, he says, "You know, it might make you feel better to talk about it" (Kiefer 17).