His father ran to meet him

[SPOILER ALERT: LAST SENTENCE OF A NOVEL]

[SPOILER QUALIFIER: I had a professor in college who said that one mark of a great book is that it cannot be spoiled by having its ending told out of turn]

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Though the headmaster was the younger man, and much shorter, and though Arch was lame and had white hairs coming out of his ears and white stubble all over his face, he felt no more than a boy again–but a very well-versed boy who couldn’t help thinking of the scene described by these old words, surely the most beautiful words ever written or said: His father, when he saw him coming, ran to meet him.

Old School, Tobias Wolff.

Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for being my gadfly.

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