No, this is not another thread on the pitfalls of info-dumps. If writing in first or (single POV) close third, I'm not entirely sure how the reader can obtain information from secondary characters, other than through a dialogue with the MC. But is this method as lazy and amateurish as I'm imagining? Of course we don't have to show the dialogue and can, instead, opt to have the conversation off-screen and then relay it through the narrative, after the MC has been told all this, i.e, During an earlier conversation, John had told Peter how he became involved with Sue ... Using this method we can condense John's past and make sure we only divulge the relative stuff, but even this feels amateurish to me. I'm asking this because I've reached a point in my WiP where the main and secondary character have the perfect opportunity to converse (they're on a long car journey). My MC wants filling in on a few details he hasn't yet had chance to discover, but the prospect of a conversation to do this just feels cheap and lazy. I've read a lot of books, and it just doesn't seem like the done thing. I'm trying to think of passages or chapters where this happens, and I can't. A good writer always manages to get this stuff across by other means, but what are they?