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You could never do that with the little education you have now. I want you to work for your education and I want you to conquer your fear. ” Alec did not answer. 41 A L E X A N DE R H A M I LT ON “When you have learned to ride a horse,” his uncle went on, “I will let you go to Mr. Knox’s school in Christiansted and. . ” “To school? To a real school? To learn everything that there is to learn so that I can go to college? ” shouted Alec as he threw his arms around his uncle’s neck. “There! ” said his uncle.
Be fair with the boys, Alec. They have been together a long time. They may tease you,” his mother warned. “Watch your—” “Temper. I will. ” “I will. I really will, Mother,” Alec called as he ran down the steps and out to the drive. Christy was ready and they were soon galloping down the road. When they came to the main highway, Alec pulled the little horse down to a walk. “Suppose those other boys do know a great deal more than I do. Suppose they can beat me in everything. ” he asked the horse.
Oh, I know just the name for him. I’ll call him Christopher Columbus. ” Uncle Peter smiled and looked surprised. “Don’t you see, Uncle Peter? If I call him that, then he and I would both like to discover places and things. And I could never be afraid again if I had Christopher Columbus as a friend,” said Alec. “Afraid? ” said a new voice. Alec’s mother and Mr. Knox were coming toward them. “I was afraid of a horse, Mr. Knox,” said Alec. ” Then Alec ran to his mother’s side. ” he shouted. “I’m going to ride the cane for Uncle Peter.