Why didn't Hannah complain about Aaron getting to push the elevator button in "The Devil's Arithmetic"?

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Even though she would like to press the elevator button herself, Hannah doesn't complain about letting Aaron do it because she understands that he is scared about having to ask the Four Questions at the Seder, and she wants to make him feel better.  At first she starts to protest, saying, "That's not fair", but then she remembers how she felt when she had to ask the Questions the first time.  With sensitivity and maturity, she allows Aaron to push the button, then reaches out and holds his hand as they ride the elevator to their grandparents' ninth floor apartment where the ceremony is to be held (Chapter 1).

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