The Princess Bride

by William Goldman

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What are some examples of where the son doesn't fight through the excess words to connect to his dad?

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I think I know what you're asking here. The father tells this story almost like passing down the gavel. The father is hoping to use this story as a bonding session with his son, but the son is very skeptical and reluctant to allow it. Throughout the story, the father goes on tangents and explanations that provide the son opportunities to ask questions to get to know his dad better. Rather than doing that, the son usually makes a snide comment about the story or urges his father to simply continue. I don't necessarily think this means that the son doesn't want to get to know his dad, this is pretty typical behavior from most kids while they're growing up.

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