Tessa Wall: Cubby's wife; head of guidance at the school
“You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation, that we think it's whatever you say it is. You must accept that we are as real as you; you must accept that you are not God.”
“Teenagers, Tessa knew, were riven with the fear of ridicule. Those who were without it, and God knew there were few enough of them in the adult world, had natural authority among the young; they ought to be forced to teach.”
“How awful it was ... The way tiny ghosts of your living children haunted your heart; they could never know, and would hate it if they did, how their growing was a constant bereavement.”
“Tessa was used to the anger of students she saw most often in guidance; many of them were devoid of work-a-day morals, they lied, misbehaved, and cheated routinely, and yet their fury when wrongly accused was limitless and genuine.”
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