What parts of the story demonstrate the theme of appearance versus reality?

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In this story, Shirley Jackson reveals her mastery of construction as linked to character by precisely controlling the reader's access to information about "reality." Laurie's mother is portrayed as an involved, concerned parent. The difficulties that Laurie is experiencing in school are understandable on one level because, as a good-natured, trusting boy, he is bound to be impressed and even troubled by Charles' acting out. The parents' reinforcement of their affection for their boy should reassure him of his security within their home. The mother intends to raise the issue with the teacher to see if further steps are needed. Perhaps Laurie is overly sensitive or is exaggerating.

But—that is only the way things appear to the parents. Have they missed important cues? Did Laurie make up all the incidents? Did he do some or all of the things...

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