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"Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers
sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a
boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his
own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love,
adopted a role called Being a Father
so that his child would have
something mythical and infinitely important:
a Protector, who would keep
a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life."
~Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities