At twelve years old, Richard has had only one full year of school, but when he reenters school, he is advanced to the sixth grade. Granny's reaction is to see Richard as more peculiar than ever. Here we see him relating to the outside world on its own terms. He is a complete individual both intellectually curious and capable of waging physical warfare. His qualifications are fine for any gang, but his aspirations are destined to be squelched.Richard's friends work on the weekends, but Granny forbids him to do so, which means he can't join his friends during lunch hour shopping sprees. Knowing that Granny won't let him out after he has gone home, he forfeits meals in order to explore his environment. He is learning what his priorities are now. By necessity, he is educating himself, and this involves extensive choices, choices that are usually imposed by others.
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