I would like to know the definition of the following "curiosity."

The times cannot be numbered when Thomas Atkinson will ask, Why? Why? And again Why? (For heartache, too, inspires its own sad curiosity.)

I interpreted "heartache, too, inspires its own sad curiosity." as "heartache, too, brings out the sad curious aspect that the heartache itself has."

Am I interpreting this correctly? If not, how is this "curiosity" defined in dictionaries?

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The curiosity is "What is the reason for this heartache?". If the heartache was not there, the curiosity would not have arisen.


People who are curious often ask "why". Therefore, I assume that it is Atkinson who is curious. The sentence in parentheses suggests that some heartache (presumably Atkinson's own heartache) has inspired it.

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