What was Charlie beginning to realize about Alice Kinnian?

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In the story "Flowers for Algernon", Charlie realizes many things about Alice Kinnian; it depends on where you are in the story.  The most important thing Charlie realizes about his former teacher, Miss Kinnian, is that he is falling in love with her.  As his ability to form real relationships grows, he sees her in a different light--not as a teacher but a young, attractive woman with many good qualities.  Later in the story, he begins to realize that with his new intelligence, he has grown beyond the people around him who often do not understand what he is saying which Charlie finds makes him lonely again.  At the end of the story, when Charlie realizes that he will soon lose everything, he realizes that Miss Kinnian also will be gone from his life which he regrets enormously.


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