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Unformatted text preview: Reb Saunders reveals even more about himself when he discusses with Reuven the affection that he has for his son while Danny is downstairs getting tea. Because Reb Saunders believes that his son should be raised in silence except when discussing the Talmud or religious topics, he has never told Danny that he loves him. Acknowledging that he is well aware that Danny is reading secular material but that he will not — cannot — talk to Danny about it, he says to Reuven, "My son is my most precious possession. I have nothing in the world compared to my son." What is most baffling at this point in the novel is why Reb Saunders will not tell his son that he loves him, why he will not even talk to his son except about religion. Walking back home with Danny following his visit with Reb Saunders, Reuven asks Danny why his father does not speak to him. Danny is as perplexed about his father's refusal as is Reuven: "My father does not speak to him....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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