The Tutor

One of the week’s big stories reminded us of this book, so since on Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings of all the Peter Abrahams novels including those under the Spence pen name, why not look in on Scott and Linda, the parents in THE TUTOR (2002), just before the hiring of the tutor:

“There’s always Amherst or someplace like that,” Scott said.

“Amherst? Are you dreaming? Forget Amherst. You can forget Trinity, for God’s sake.”

“Forget Trinity?”

“Forget NYU, forget BC, forget BU, even. Don’t you get it? The SAT ranks every kid in the nation. Seventy-fifth percentile means there are hundreds of thousands ahead of him, maybe millions. The good schools can fill their classes without going anywhere near Brandon. We screwed up.”

[“His prose is elegant by any literary standard.” – L.A. Times]


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16 Responses to “The Tutor”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:37 am on March 17th, 2019


    I am chuckling at the choice of “The Tutor” for today’s beginnings. Perfect!

    RIO! Friend is indeed a Super Woman!

    On the day when everyone is Irish, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. B.Stover
    8:45 am on March 17th, 2019

    Like Rose, I’m chuckling at today’s post.

    Good morning all.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:25 am on March 17th, 2019

    Morning all.
    We think that is the scariest one ever. Also, don’t want to think about the dog.

  4. Thieves!
    10:53 am on March 17th, 2019

    Beau wanted brown, and brown the ark is. We painted the ark dark brown and the flame paint job is done in a beige, just a lighter shade of brown. We remove the other things he didn’t want, but added a big beach umbrella over the ship’s wheel. It is tan to go with the color scheme. We also added a bike bell that he can briiinggg briiinggg to let other arks no he wants to pass. It looks like a lot of earth tones to us, but to each their own.

  5. ALR
    12:30 pm on March 17th, 2019

    Isn’t it nice that Pups don’t have to pass SAT tests to go to school….but if the want to graduate they have to pass the SIT test!

  6. ALR
    12:34 pm on March 17th, 2019

    I don’t know why the Y dropt off the word that was supposed to be they in the last post, but the Schnauzers here know what SIT means!

  7. ALR
    12:36 pm on March 17th, 2019

    And after one more cup of coffee I may even get dropped right!

  8. Wose-The Small and Meek
    2:48 pm on March 17th, 2019

    ALR: You are making me laugh! :^)

  9. dawson
    6:06 pm on March 17th, 2019

    ALR: Me too. I’m laughing. Also practicing my sitting and soon, why not, my lying down.

    HOH: I’ve been appreciating the Iditarod updates. Thank you! I know I could go to the Iditarod site but I’m afraid I’ll get stuck there for awhile and…no time.

  10. Beau - The Black Pug
    6:50 pm on March 17th, 2019

    Sneeze!….My ARC is not making any progress in da re-designing of da look…sniff!grunt!…My communicating skills must be in da lacking of things. Or da Thieves never listen to da words I so painstakingly write….grump!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:53 pm on March 17th, 2019

    Tutor!…yelp!…My friend hesitantly loaned this book to her sister, because it is a signed copy it is precious…wheeze!…Her sister LOVED it!…snort!…My friend advised her sister to request all the Charming Mr. Abraham’s books at her small library…snuffle!…Her sister had no idea one could request a book. And so far she hasn’t….sniff!…Too bad for her…grunt!

  12. Herd of Hounds
    7:53 pm on March 17th, 2019

    OFA we love sharing this information with you and Dawson. BTW, where is Staff?

  13. Thieves!
    8:19 pm on March 17th, 2019

    Beau: You said you wanted brown so we repainted it brown. You said you wanted us to remove all the bling courtesy of Belle Starr. We did that, too. So therefore, we knocked of out of the ballpark.

  14. Beau - The Black Pug
    8:40 pm on March 17th, 2019

    Sigh!…Dear Lord of All Dah Creation, please give meeze strength.…sneeze!

  15. Thieves!
    8:59 pm on March 17th, 2019

    Beau: If it’s strength youse need, we are plenty strong.

  16. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:10 pm on March 17th, 2019

    Sneeze!…Yes, Thieves. Youse do yer best an I am gratefully in gratitude for yer efforts an such…sniff!…So when do we get dis ARC on da move I ask youse???…yeeeep!snort!

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