Dave Small

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352.450.3423
CISE Department
College of Engineering
University of Florida
PO Box 116120
Gainesville, FL 32611

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[A boy is being advised on how to shoot marbles by his older brother, who is an excellent shot.]

“Could you try not aiming so much?” he asked me, still standing there. “If you hit it when you aim, it'll just be luck.” He was speaking, communicating, and yet not breaking the spell. I then broke it. Quite deliberately. “How can it be luck if I aim?” I said back to him, not loud (despite the italics) but with rather more irritation in my voice than I was actually feeling. He didn't say anything for a moment but simply stood balanced on the curb, looking at me, I knew imperfectly, with love. “Because it will be,” he said. “You'll be glad if you hit his marble—Ira's marble—won't you? Won't you be glad? And if you're glad when you hit somebody's marble, then you sort of secretly didn't expect too much to do it. So there'd have to be some luck in it, there'd have to be slightly quite a lot of accident in it.” — J. D. Salinger, Seymour: An Introduction