Sunday, 8 January 2012

What I Know About Boys - Louis Redmond (Hanover 1952)

 'Once a day, a Boy begins to act as if he has just been reading one of the more poisonous philosophers. He sees through everything. He hates everybody. Anything you say, or fail to say, is wrong. In dealing with a Boy in this condition, the impulse to throw him away should be resisted. Instead, he should be fed. This will restore his optimism for twenty-four hours. Do not, however, make the mistake of telling him "You're just hungry" - especially after the Boy has reached maturity. If there is anything a man hates, it is to be told, while cruising along nicely on a Dim View, or right in the middle of a sad epigram, that he is Just Hungry.'





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