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In the story Antaeus by Borden Deal the main character TJ has three capabilities that make him different from his friends First of all TJ is a very intelligent boy His new city companions did not maintain the wisdom TJ has about the world and how to deal with people around T J is also a receptive boy a soft-spoken person who feels an attachment to the land Finally TJ is a tenacious boy who sticks to his plans once he starts it and who would reject to the idea about destroying what he has created From TJs own words and actions and through the narrators observation the reader learns that TJ is smart and unique It was TJs idea to build a roof garden and he figures out how to build it He knew how to speak to other people persuading them to do what he wanted them to do For example he informed the other boys to find sand and carry it up to the roof The narrator stated TJ was smart enough to start in one corner of the building heaping up the carried earth two or three feel thick so that we had an immediate result to look at He did not want to plant grass but the other boys kept on telling him how great it would be to play on it and to have picnics TJ still wanted to plant crops but he was smart to give in He always knew when to give in the narrator in the story states He knew how to motivate the other boys and knew when to compromise When the building owners came up and asked what they were doing TJ then suggested that the boys were actually trying to pretty up the roof That shows that TJ can think fast when dealing with adults Sensitively is what also makes TJ unique among the others The building owners told him that
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