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Frankie ends up in the hospital because he contracts Typhoid Fever. It is in the hospital where he is first exposed to great literature--in fact, it is where he first learns about Shakespeare. He also discovers poetry at this time, and reading these pieces of literature sparks his love of reading and eventually his love of writing. Also, he meets Patricia Madigan and encounters, for the first time, a close relationship with someone of the opposite sex. Both of these experiences help Frankie evolve into Frank McCourt, author.
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