In "Charles," why did Laurie’s parents take so long to find out the truth about Charles?  

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Laurie's parents never make an effort to ascertain the real truth about their son's fictional classmate, Charles. Their complacency stems from their belief that he is telling the truth. Laurie probably realizes that his parents are taken in by his story and that they won't try to establish the truth since there is no reason for them to do so. After all, he is not the one misbehaving. Although his parents are aghast at what Laurie tells them about Charles, they do not make any inquiries, and they wait until the PTA meeting to address the issue. Their apathy gives Charles more opportunity to persist in being disruptive and disrespectful.

For his part, Laurie obviously believes that speaking about Charles absolves him from guilt since he is, indirectly, admitting to his own wrongdoing. His repeated reports about Charles's behavior encourage him to say even more. He is testing the waters and attempting to see how far he can test his parents' patience. His reports indicate that Charles is...

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