My dad is a relatively taciturn fellow, but when he speaks, he doesn't waste a word. On the night before Dan's last day of school (shortly after Dan learned his teacher's husband had died), Ned Drinker talks about what Dan's life will be like without the structured public school environment he's known most of his life. Dan lived for school. When he was sick, he would conceal it in order to attend class. This was also the day Dan stopped working at APS, where he worked before my parents found Melmark.