In "A Christmas Memory," what does the following quote mean?''Friends. Not the necessarily neighbor friends: indeed the larger share is intended for persons we've met  maybe once, perhaps not at...

In "A Christmas Memory," what does the following quote mean?

''Friends. Not the necessarily neighbor friends: indeed the larger share is intended for persons we've met  maybe once, perhaps not at all. People who have stuck our fancy. Like President Roosevelt.''

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Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" is an example of his "nostalgic fiction" in which he incorporates his recurring theme of friendship forged among social outcasts, such as eccentric women like Buddy's cousin.

In this tale of Capote's in which he is represented by the character Buddy, his "friend" and he gather pecans and purchase bootlegged whiskey in their 'dry' county so that they can bake fruitcakes and send them to people.  But, not to any friends that they really have; for, the reclusive and retiring cousin is too intimidated to give the fuitcakes to people whom she really knows. After all, these people could voice negative comments that she would hear about; then, she would be hurt and not want to bake the cakes the next Christmas season.  By giving the fruitcakes to strangers, there is less anxiety connected to the baking.  In addition, Buddy remarks,

Is it because my friend is shy with everyone except strangers that these strangers, and merest acquaintances, seem to us our truest friends? I think yes.  Also, the scrapbooks we keep of thank-you's on White House stationery, time-to-time communications from California and Borneo, the knife grinder's penny post cards, make us feel connected to eventful worlds beyond the kitchen with its view of a sky that stops.

With nothing to risk by giving the fruitcakes to strangers, Buddy and his cousin can reach out to people from other parts of the world--such as President Roosevelt--and feel "connected" beyond their isolation, beyond where the sky "stops." 

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