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At first, the narrator is excited to pursue the opportunity to become a prodigy. When does the narrator give up? Why does the narrator give up?

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By the time her mother arranges the piano lessons, June has already gotten used to Suyuan's dreams and schemes for her to be great at something. Although she would like to make her parents--especially her mother--proud, she is figuring out that she is more average than outstanding. Doing things to make her mother happy is making her unhappy.

The monotony of the piano lessons, especially when she realizes that her teacher is basically deaf, and the constant practice overwhelm her. When she has a recital coming up, instead of practicing more, she slacks off. The culmination is the recital itself, when June has to acknowledge how great is the disjunct...

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