Danny's first visit to the hospital to see Reuven is disastrous. Reuven simply cannot accept that Danny would be truly sorry for hitting him in the eye with the ball. No matter how profusely Danny apologizes, Reuven refuses to believe Danny's sincerity and mocks his repentant visitor: "How does it feel to know you've made someone blind in one eye?" When Reuven notices the sad tone of Danny's apologies, he resorts to anger rather than try to understand the sadness in Danny's voice. Intentionally, it seems, Reuven will not accept Danny's attempts at reconciliation. However, Reuven is chastised by his father for not listening to Danny. Mr. Malter explains to his son that the Talmud directs, "If a person comes to apologize for having hurt you, you must listen and forgive him." Reuven's anger has blinded him to the Talmud's teachings. Selfishly, although understandably, he
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