Reuven is confused when his father tells him that Danny's father, Reb Saunders, has called him twice, asking about Reuven's health. Reuven cannot believe that Reb Saunders would care about him, for he characterizes Reb Saunders like Danny: mean, haughty, and thoroughly detestable. Earlier in Chapter 2, Reuven thinks of how much he hates Danny and therefore hates Danny's father. Of Danny, Reuven thinks, "That Danny Saunders was a smart one, and I hated him . . . . That miserable Hasid!" He per-ceives — selfishly and incorrectly — that Danny and his father must be alike; therefore, if he hates Danny, he must also hate Danny's father. Mr. Malter wants to correct his son's misperceptions but stops himself from doing so. Reuven must learn on his own.The hatred that Reuven feels for Danny blinds him to any good qualities that Danny possesses. He
This is the end of the preview.
access the rest of the document.