His ambitious nature suggested that Oscar Berg was going to

be precocious and a great achiever in school.  But it

didn’t turn out so exactly.  He always excelled in the

early part of any school term — studying hard at first —

but after the initial months he wanted to get on

to the next term of the next grade or to

work with the teacher in a class above his own.

And then, before he even left high school he had

taken to photography and at first refused to attend college

anywhere on the grounds that it might “damage his vision”!


Paraphrases from the novel In the Tennessee Country by Peter Taylor.