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.