A Conceptual Analysis of Exploratory Behavior

The “Specific-Diversive” Distinction Revisited
  • Joachim F. Wohlwill

Abstract

Better go back now and start about my business. The trouble is that down the hill to the right I’ve caught sight of accented green roofs and curved gables painted jade green and vermilion. That must be Chinatown. Of course the thing to do is to take a turn through Chinatown on the way down toward the business district. I find myself walking along a narrow street in a jungle of Chinese lettering, interpreted here and there by signs announcing Chop Suey, Noodles, Genuine Chinese Store. There are ranks of curio stores, and I find myself studying windows full of Oriental goods with as much sober care as a small boy studying the window of a candy store. The street tempts you along. Beyond the curio shops there are drug stores, groceries giving out an old drenched smell like tea and camphor and lychee nuts, vegetable stores, shops of herb merchants that contain very much the same stock of goods as those Marco Polo saw with such wonder on his travels. In another window there are modern posters: raspberry-and-spinach-tinted plum-cheeked pin-up girls and stern lithographs of the Generalissimo; a few yellowing enlargements of photographs of eager-looking young broad-faced men in cadets’ uniforms. The gilt lettering amuses the eye. The decorative scroll-work of dragons and lotus flowers leads you along. You forget the time wondering how to size up the smooth Chinese faces. At the end of the street I discover that an hour has passed and that I have been walking the wrong way all the time. (Dos Passos, 1944, p. 330)

Keywords

Triad Dial Lost Camphor Candy 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim F. Wohlwill
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Human DevelopmentPennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaUSA

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