In "The Chosen" by Potok, how does Billy Merrit's accident metaphorically represent Danny Saunder's blindness?

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When Reuven's eye is cut during the baseball game, he is rushed off to the hospital and everyone tries their very best to restore the sight in the eye but they are unsuccessful.  Billy Merrit's blindness is another example of it and serves to highlight, in particular, Billy's type of blindness which has more to do with the fact that, as young people are wont to do, he cannot see anything outside of his very own viewpoint.  The fact that Billy's eyesight is not restored even after the operation suggests the connection between them as it is very difficult for Danny to "open" his eyes despite the best efforts of many of the people around him.

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