How does Mr. Button’s son’s calm acceptance of his situation affect Mr. Button?

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Mr. Button (Benjamin's father) seems to grow increasingly mystified and exasperated by Benjamin's matter-of-fact attitude about his anomalous condition.

If we try to look at Fitzgerald's story as realistically as possible for the moment, Mr. Button's reactions, even if this phenomenon were possible and had actually occurred, are not realistic at all. It's true that at first, he is stunned into disbelief, shocked beyond words at the appearance of a seventy-year-old newborn. If such a thing had really occurred at a hospital, any father would realistically believe it had to be a hoax. But it doesn't take long for Mr. Button to "adapt" to the situation and deal with it in an angry,...

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