James Jarvis learns that Arthur would risk everything — his job, security, reputation, even the necessities of life — to help other people. This aspect of Arthur is unknown to his father, just as Absalom's life of crime was unknown to Stephen. Both fathers have a terrible need to understand, and this chapter shows that need being born in James Jarvis. John Harrison is another man of goodwill, but with severe limitations; he is one who admires Arthur Jarvis yet is incapable of understanding or imitating him. He regards Arthur as a dreamer and himself as a practical man. Although he may admire a dreamer or idealist, he puts little stock in ideals. Thus, we see the relationship of fathers and sons concerning social problems. Jarvis mentions that he and his son had differed quite strongly on the question of black problems. John Harrison also
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