| Quote #4
I suppose that that day I first saw Anne and Adam as separate individual people […] And perhaps, too, that day I first saw myself as a person. (3.70)
This passage presents a compelling argument that summer vacation is an important part of a balanced education.
| Quote #5
Long ago Jack Burden was a graduate student, working for his Ph.D. in American History, in the State University of his Native State. (4.7)
This is Jack talking about himself in the third person. This stresses that the Jack Burden who was working on his Ph.D. and the Jack Burden that walked out on his Ph.D. are two completely different people. The Cass Mastern papers provided him with more education than he originally sought.
| Quote #6
"This lady Caroline Turner, who never had black around her and who had been nurtured in sentiments opposed to the institution of human servitude quickly became notorious for her abominable cruelties performed in her fits of passion." (4.151)
The story of Caroline Turner (within the story of Cass Mastern) must have been quite educational for Jack. What Cass is saying is that Caroline Turner was raised in segregation in an antislavery environment. As soon as she is around slaves, she starts abusing them hideously. This is a bizarre phenomenon that isn't adequately explained in the book. We think explaining this story might take a whole book.