Danny broods more and more

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Unformatted text preview: Danny broods more and more, as if he were contemplating a weighty issue in his life (which we know is the question of whether to renounce his inherited religious position). He refrains from joining the pro-Jewish homeland students, but he also removes himself from any discussion among the Hasidic students, who are against a Jewish homeland. Reuven relates Danny's position: "He was trapped by his beard and earlocks, he said, and there was nothing he could do. But one day . . . " Here, the phrase "But one day," followed as it is by an ellipsis, foreshadows Danny's momentous decision at the end of the novel to decline the inherited rabbinical leadership. Worse, Reb Saunders forbids Danny to have any contact with Reuven because of Reuven's father's public statements concerning the Palestinian Jewish homeland. In effect, then, Reb Saunders silences Danny completely. Danny cannot speak to his father, and now he cannot speak to his friend.silences Danny completely....
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