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Unformatted text preview: Having listened to his father's words about forgiveness, Reuven is more responsive to Danny the second time that Danny visits him in the hospital. Reuven is even surprised at how happy he is to see Danny. That the two boys freely express themselves and at least tentatively accept each other's apologies demonstrates a newfound level of maturity in both of them. They are on the way to becoming mature adults. For Danny, although he cannot yet understand why he wanted to hurt Reuven physically during the ballgame, he at least begins questioning his motives. Reuven and Danny's discussion about Danny's photographic memory leads to Danny's revealing that he does not want to inherit his father's rabbinic position within the Hasidic community. The situation is ironic in that Danny does not want to be a rabbi but is expected to become one; Reuven, on the other hand, does not want to become a mathematician, as his father wants him to, but wants...
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