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The Weight of Words

The Weight of Words

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The Wise Man’s Son

Journeys end in lovers meeting,

Every wise man’s son doth know.

(Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene 3)

SOME PEOPLE THRIVE ON CONFLICT, but I’ve never been a fan of it. Years of listening to my parents arguing in their bedroom taught me to flee at the first sign of any verbal altercation. So when the sound of a heated conversation drifted out from behind my boss’s door one morning, I cringed. Unaccustomed to hearing the dean of Victoria College shouting, I distanced myself from the argument, crossing to the far side of the outer office where I started plucking dead leaves from a hanging plant. It was a wasted effort. The voices only got louder.

“You’ve got to be kidding me, Dad!” I heard from inside the office. “Do we really have to go over this again? Enough already!”


I froze, a dried leaf crumbling in my hand. Dean Grant was arguing with his son? I considered escaping to the washroom down the hall, but before I could bolt I heard Dean Grant angrily directing his son to stop shouting. Both men dropped their voices until all I could hear were harsh murmurs.

I tiptoed back to my desk, prepared to dash out if things escalated again, but there were no more eruptions. The dean’s door swung open a few moments later, and his son strode out, averting his face as he walked past my desk. I shuffled a few papers around, pretending to look busy, but I couldn’t help taking a quick peek as he made his way to the door.


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