As New York University receded behind him, Ben Shirazi imagined
the scene of his graduation. His father will be waiting
in Washington Square. Dr. Shirazi will not be cowed by
his son’s attainments, nor parade them too vainly before his
neighbors; but nor will his son be cowed any more
by his once overbearing father. They will greet each other
amicably, as equals. In a local pub they will clink
glasses, and Ben will be aware of a sense of
mission fulfilled. From his father Ben inherited conscientiousness and self-reliance.
From his god-fearing mother Ben inherited his simple, sanguine faith.
Paraphrases from the novel Ever After by Graham Swift.