No reason to be deterred. It sounds pretty normal. To be clear, nobody is ever requested to join - ever. We will talk about the Craft to anyone interested but that last step - asking - must be taken by the individual.
As to the esoteric side of it, first off, don’t take anything Hall said about Freemasonry seriously as he didn’t join until a generation after writing about us. Secondly, there is relatively little of it actually in lodge; some Masons choose to delve into that on an individual basis, just as some become enchanted with the ritual or Masonic history or whatever.
Good luck. Let us hear how you make out.