Toby’s mother often asked her son what he saw in Sean Coleman.
“He’s not nice to you,” she’d say. “He’s not nice to anyone.”
One time, after pressing for an answer to her question, Toby reluctantly responded, “He treats me like he treats everyone.”
His mother took the statement as a validation of her argument, but that wasn’t what the boy meant. He was drawn to Sean Coleman for his blindness. The crass security guard never treated Toby like someone whose feelings required special consideration. He never viewed Toby through a window of sympathy. He treated the boy with the same annoyance and discontent as he treated the rest of the town of Winston.
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