In The First Seven Years, why was Feld impressed with Max?

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Feld is impressed with Max because of Max's determination to educate himself.  Feld believes that an education is essential for happiness in life, because it provides a better and wealthier life than the one he has lived.  It isn't until the end that Feld realizes education is not the key to happiness, or the most important quality in a man.