In the next chapter, Arthur Jarvis' essay is self-explanatory, but Mr. Jarvis' angry reaction indicates his initial lack of understanding about his son's drives. He is angry that his son should judge him and find fault with him. Part of it is anger at Arthur's impudence, but part seems to be anger at himself, anger at the thought that he failed Arthur because he failed himself and his country. He took too much for granted. He ignored things that might have upset him. What Mr. Jarvis took for granted or ignored, Arthur questioned, investigated, and thought deeply about. It is hard for a father, after eighteen or twenty years of being looked up to by his children, or at least of being the judge of right and wrong, to realize that they know more than he does, or that they have more wisdom and courage and honesty than he has. It is something that is difficult to accept, even after such a blow as the
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