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Tuesdays With Morrie

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How do Morrie and Mitch say goodbye?

Morrie and Mitch say goodbye when it is clear that Morrie's remaining strength is quickly fading. Morrie encourages his former student, and Mitch holds his former teacher's hand with great tenderness.

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When Mitch arrives to visit Morrie for the fourteenth Tuesday, Morrie's wife cautions that he isn't doing well. Since he has been sleeping a great deal, which is especially odd even during his illness, and is incredibly weak, Morrie remains in bed for the visit.

As Mitch enters the bedroom,...

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When Mitch arrives to visit Morrie for the fourteenth Tuesday, Morrie's wife cautions that he isn't doing well. Since he has been sleeping a great deal, which is especially odd even during his illness, and is incredibly weak, Morrie remains in bed for the visit.

As Mitch enters the bedroom, he realizes that Morrie's body has been so ravaged by disease that he looks like a small child under the covers. Mitch realizes that he is struggling to free a hand from underneath the covers, so he reaches down and grabs Morrie's hand, holding it tenderly in his own. Morrie can barely speak, and he struggles to string together more than a couple of words at a time. Nevertheless, he uses his fading strength to encourage Mitch, telling him that he is a "good soul" and that he loves him. Morrie begins crying, and Mitch waits until his breathing steadies before clearing his throat and informing Morrie that he will return next Tuesday. He jokes that he expects Morrie to be a little more alert the next time he visits. Morrie attempts a small laugh as Mitch begins blinking back tears. Morrie raises his eyebrows at Mitch's pained expression:

I like to think it was a fleeting moment of satisfaction for my dear old professor: he had finally made me cry.

Mitch then leaves; this is the final time he would visit his former professor. Their goodbye is filled with tenderness, human touch, and encouragement, a reflection of Morrie's values and the close bond the men share.

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