"I've been participating," he said, "but I think I probably won't make it to Eagle." I suspected that this was because he had only just started the program when he moved in with his aunt and uncle, but Joe was too wise, discrete, or perhaps just too shy to mention that.
Rex's mom said "Ah, that's too bad," and gave him this sympathetic half-smile that seemed to indicate that Joe's response at least partially compensated for Sam's.
Jill turned to Rex and asked "What's your apartment like?"
"It's a small, one-bedroom apartment in a five-story brick apartment building," he replied.
"Rex!" his mother said. "Do you have to remind the other kids about the bedroom? You know I'm not happy with the bad example you're setting for your younger sisters and brother, living in sin like that."
"Well, I'm sorry I mentioned it, then," he said, "but I don't think anyone here is in the dark about what the situation is. Lynn and I are paying for our own apartment, and no, we're not just apartment mates chastely living in separate bedrooms."
Then she turned to me, "Lynn, aren't your parents ashamed of you for living in sin?"
"Stop it right there, Mom," said Rex. "You can say what you want to me, but you are not to address Lynn in this manner."
Then Rex's dad piped up. "Rex," he said, "I don't think you understand how disappointed your mother and I are in the example you're setting for your younger siblings."
"Ah, so you're saying it would be terrible if they followed in my footsteps and graduated from college with honors and then got accepted into a Ph.D. program in Mathematics in one of the top ranked math departments in the country?" asked Rex.
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