What does the following statement indicate about Albert in the book Parrot in the Oven?What does "since teachers lifted their eyebrows with appreciation when handing back his test papers" tell us...

What does the following statement indicate about Albert in the book Parrot in the Oven?

What does "since teachers lifted their eyebrows with appreciation when handing back his test papers" tell us about Albert?

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The statement "since teachers lifted their eyebrows with appreciation when handing back his test papers" tells us that Albert is a good student.

Manny makes this observation about Albert when Albert decides to join the boxing team headed by Lencho. Manny thinks, first of all, that it "was a pretty sorry thing for Lencho to do" in recruiting the boy, "considering Albert couldn't punch the air out of a soap bubble." He believes that "it was a robustly stupid thing for Albert to do" as well. Manny recognizes that Albert is a good student, which is no small achievement in his neighborhood and is testified to by the fact that teachers do "(lift) their eyebrows with appreciation" when they see how well he does on his tests. Manny tries to warn Albert that "ribs crack easy as dry twigs, and...a punch sometimes welcomes paralysis." He thinks that Albert, with his academic ability, has a potentially positive future ahead of him, and that he should not risk what he has to participate in a dangerous sport like boxing when he is not even good at it.

Manny is unable to dissuade Albert from what he has decided to do, however. For reasons at which Manny can only guess, Albert wants "to show something about himself," and to do this, he feels compelled to join the boxing team (Chapter 7).