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.

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Paraphrases from the novel Ever After by Graham Swift.

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