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Unformatted text preview: Once Reuven returns home and speaks to his father about Danny's father's silence, Reuven gains a better understanding of why Reb Saunders wanted to speak to him alone, without Danny in the room. Mr. Malter explains to Reuven that Reb Saunders spoke to Reuven knowing that Reuven would then speak to Danny. In this way, Reb Saunders has spoken to his son. However, Potok leaves unanswered as yet why Reb Saunders deals with his son in silence. Reb Saunders cannot talk openly with Danny, but Mr. Malter has open, warm communication with Reuven. Potok again shows us the different worlds in which Reuven and Danny live. Yet they are capable of a nurturing friendship. The brief Chapter 9 centers on Reuven's calling Billy Merrit, the boy with whom he shared a hospital room, and learning from Billy's father that the surgery performed on Billy's eyes was unsuccessful. room, and learning from Billy's father that the surgery performed on Billy's eyes was unsuccessful....
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- Fall '11