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Richard's dreams and his stories are an escape for him when he is fourteen and fifteen, but only a  temporary escape. His work, his home, and his acquaintances create a circle of insecurity and  sorrow around him. He can't escape them or their stories. He hears how blacks are killed by whites  for stepping out of line; people he knows receive that "reward" for the slightest slip. He must always  be on guard against the same fate or at least until he can get away from this repressive environment. At fourteen, Richard has a view of life far beyond his years, but he also has the vulnerability of a  child. As he sees himself increasingly ostracized by his friends and family, he is hurt more and more  and retreats deeper and deeper into himself. When he overhears his Uncle Tom warning his cousin  to stay away from him because he is no good, his heart snaps inside of him. It is the final wound, and 
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