I am ALL about Unspoken Feelings of Heartache and Tender Love. It’s a big part of the core identity of this story, and this scene in particular is overflowing with it. Not everyone is into that; a lot of people have a strong preference for the not-understated. But if you’ve come this far, 400+ pages into this story, hopefully you’re also into what I’m into. I hope you can feel what I feel from this.
PS. As of this month, HoK has been running for 7 years! 8 years if you count the Korean-only first edition!