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Doodle's brother greets the birth with mixed reactions in the James Hurst short story, "The Scarlet Ibis." Brother describes his new sibling as a "disappointment;" having a crippled brother would be bad enough, he thought, but one that was "not all there" would be unthinkable. So, the older brother made plans to "smother him with a pillow." But, one day, when Doodle looked up at Brother and grinned, the planned murder had to be scrapped. "He's all there. He's all there," the brother declared, and from that point on the two were rarely separable. Told that Doodle would never walk even if he did live, the little boy with the big heart learned to crawl and "he became one of us."
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