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Unformatted text preview: Reuven's father's visit to the hospital at the beginning of Chapter 4 affords Potok the opportunity to develop David Malter's character. Pragmatic yet sensitive to his son's needs, Mr. Malter advises his son to accept Danny as his friend. His insistence that Reuven and Danny become friends emphasizes the reciprocal needs of each boy to make the other boy a confidant. Mr. Malter apparently knows more about Danny and his needs than he lets on to his son. During his visit, note that his philosophy of life is very practical and open-minded. For example, when Reuven says that he wishes he were outside rather than cooped up in the hospital, Mr. Malter responds, "No one knows he is fortunate until he becomes unfortunate . . . . That is the way the world is." Here, we are reminded of when, in Chapter 2, Mr. Malter first realized that Billy, one of Reuven's roommates, is blind: He appreciates even more his son's eyesight and well-being, which is inferred in the emotions...
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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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