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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bluto, parts 3544 - 3547

 3544. I may have been just 13, but it was pretty obvious to me why Simon had said zero. He said zero because he was embarrassed to say 100. If he said 100 – again – like always, he knew it would provoke the wrath of the other students who never got to say 100. He said it because he was modest.

 3545. But Simon’s zero was not the worst of his problems. His biggest antagonist on the faculty was the gym coach Mr. Roach. Simon was unable to climb the ropes up to the ceiling of the gym. He was not the only boy deficient in this skill. But Simon’s failure to climb the ropes provoked Mr. Roach to say a strange and inexplicable thing to him.

 3546. Mr. Roach said to Simon, “The fact that you can’t climb these ropes explains what happened to you people in Germany.”

3547. To my knowledge Simon had never been in Germany, so this remark meant nothing to me, and I don’t think anyone else knew what Mr. Roach was talking about. We could tell it was a sort of derogatory comment, but that was all.

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