„I hadn’t gone into the subject of dorm living too deeply with him, not because I hesitated to probe his tender spots but because I would have been probing my own. This is called tact, and is reputed to be a virtue.“

Source: Rite of Passage (1968), Chapter 7 (p. 97).

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