Reuven realizes that he has to tell Reb Saunders how Danny met his father and what books Mr. Malter has suggested that Danny read, and he does so. (However, he does not tell the Reb that Danny is teaching himself German, that he plans to read Freud, and that he has read some books on Hasidism.) Reb Saunders is shocked and bewildered at these revelations. He laments to God that he has a brilliant son, but does he have to be so brilliant? After the meeting with Reb Saunders, Reuven tells Danny that he told his father everything, and Danny replies that his father would have found out about it all anyway. He says that Reb Saunders and he do not talk — except during study time, his father is mostly silent toward him. Back home, Reuven tells his father about Danny being raised in silence. Neither Reuven nor his father can understand why Reb and Danny cannot communicate with each other. When Reuven returns to school for the first time after the ball-game accident, his classmates treat
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