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Unformatted text preview: Speaking to Reuven after the service, Reb Saunders compliments Mr. Malter as a great scholar, whose work, however, he does not agree with. He expresses pleasure that Danny and Reuven are friends. In Chapter 5, Reuven seems to be reborn metaphorically when he returns home with his father from the hospital. He notices details that he never before took the time to recognize, including the hydrangea bush, which he calls a "snowball bush," in his front yard. He comments, "I had never really paid any attention to it before. Now it seemed suddenly luminous and alive." Walking through the apartment, he thinks to himself, "I had lived in it all my life, but I never really saw it until I went through it that Friday afternoon." Reuven's rediscovery of the objects and setting that, together, constitute his everyday life recalls his father's wise words while Reuven was still in the hospital:...
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