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What 'talent' did Mark have, and what happened to him because of it?

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kenzi10 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 21, 2007 at 9:58 PM via web

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What 'talent' did Mark have, and what happened to him because of it?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 10, 2007 at 4:17 PM (Answer #1)

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Mark had a gift for getting away with things. This trait, coupled with a skewed obliviousness of right and wrong, allowed him to habitually engage in activities like stealing, hustling, and hot-wiring cars without getting caught, or if he was caught, to get off lightly. His transgressions progressed to more serious offenses, until finally he became a drug dealer, was turned in by his best friend, and was sentenced to the reformatory and ultimately the state penitentiary, where he became a hardened, dangerous character who couldn't get away with things anymore.

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