In his 1906 short story, ‘Man About Town,’ O. Henry takes the reader on a small adventure about New York City, searching for the illusive man about town. The story isn’t simply about a curious man’s hunt for another.
It’s more of a journey towards self-awareness. This is a lacking that you and I don’t often recognize in ourselves unless it’s pointed out.
Likewise, it isn’t until reading a newspaper article that the searcher learns he’s the ‘man about town’ in his quest. Throughout much of our lives, we’re both the person we need and are searching for without know it.