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Unformatted text preview: 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 to become a rabbi. The two boys' perceptions of each other are actually mis perceptions. For example, when Reuven learns that Danny is considering becoming a psychologist, he humorously thinks to himself, "Danny Saunders, in his Hasidic clothes, seemed to me to be about the last person in the world who would qualify as an analyst." Reuven unfairly compartmentalizes Danny not as an individual person but as only a Hasidic Jew. Danny's comments about his father at the end of Chapter 3 reveal the silent family life in which he has grown up and recall Book One's epigraph, from Proverbs, and especially the line, "Let your heart...
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- Fall '11
- Danny, Reuven, Danny Saunders