How we cite our quotes:
"It had to be a trick or you couldn't have done it.” (14.392)
And here we have the baldest statement of the role of manipulation in this book: the school administrators had to manipulate Ender into having a set of skills and attitudes in order to reach a certain objective. (This whole section in the book is worth re-reading.) This part always makes us rethink the importance of manipulation in this book – and youth too: perhaps they needed someone young enough to be fooled.