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Final clarification, or, if you prefer, warning: the title "What's to Become of the Boy?" should arouse neither false hopes nor false fears. Not every boy whose family and friends have reason to ask themselves and him this eternally apprehensive question does, after various delays and roundabout approaches, eventually become a writer; and I would like to stress that, at the time it was put, this question was both serious and warranted. In fact, I am not sure whether my mother, were she still alive, wouldn't still be asking the same question today: "What's to become of the boy?" Perhaps there are times when we should be asking it about elderly and successful church dignitaries, et cetera.

--What's to Become of the Boy? or Something to Do with Books


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