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A Cruel Gap-Toothed Boy

A Cruel Gap-Toothed Boy UEL A CR H ED TOOT GAP- Y BO aker Matthew B n seventh grade this "Nate Vanderveen" chose to lavish our niece with flowering weeds, with conveniencestore chocolates, with love notes written on the back of homework he hadn't done, but now in ninth grade this "Nate" chooses to lavish her with curses ("Go fuck a dog, prude"), ridicule ("My tits are bigger than that bitch's") Photo by Denna Jones fiction and slander ("Emma sucked me off once too"). He is what in the eighteenth century they would have called a "brute," a "ruffian," a "goon," what in the twenty-first century they now call a "thug." Kenneth thinks the boy is antisocial, meaning psychopathic, once saw the boy perched on the roof of his family's cottage preparing to hurl a stray cat W IN T ER 2 012 / T HE MIS S OURI RE V IE W 135 onto the driveway three stories below. We live in a village on the shore of Lake Michigan. I am a lexicographer; my brother is a professor of dead languages. His expertise is the words from these languages for which English has no equivalent. Kenneth uses these words when http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

A Cruel Gap-Toothed Boy

The Missouri Review , Volume 35 (4) – Feb 16, 2012

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Abstract

UEL A CR H ED TOOT GAP- Y BO aker Matthew B n seventh grade this "Nate Vanderveen" chose to lavish our niece with flowering weeds, with conveniencestore chocolates, with love notes written on the back of homework he hadn't done, but now in ninth grade this "Nate" chooses to lavish her with curses ("Go fuck a dog, prude"), ridicule ("My tits are bigger than that bitch's") Photo by Denna Jones fiction and slander ("Emma sucked me off once too"). He is what in the eighteenth century they would have called a "brute," a "ruffian," a "goon," what in the twenty-first century they now call a "thug." Kenneth thinks the boy is antisocial, meaning psychopathic, once saw the boy perched on the roof of his family's cottage preparing to hurl a stray cat W IN T ER 2 012 / T HE MIS S OURI RE V IE W 135 onto the driveway three stories below. We live in a village on the shore of Lake Michigan. I am a lexicographer; my brother is a professor of dead languages. His expertise is the words from these languages for which English has no equivalent. Kenneth uses these words when

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Feb 16, 2012

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