At the Saunders' house, Reb Saunders, Danny, and Reuven study Pirkei Avot ( Ethics of the Fathers ) on Shabbat. While Danny is downstairs getting some tea for them, the Reb talks to Reuven about Danny. Reb Saunders says that he knows that Danny has been going to the library and wants Reuven to tell him what Danny has been reading. In a very moving speech about Danny, Reb Saunders says that his son is his most precious possession. Reuven realizes that he has to tell Reb Saunders how Danny met his father and what books Mr. Malter has suggested that Danny read, and he does so. (However, he does not tell the Reb that Danny is teaching himself German, that he plans to read Freud, and that he has read some books on Hasidism.) Reb Saunders is shocked and bewildered at these revelations. He laments to God that he has a brilliant son, but does he have to be
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