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Second Nature which is one of Alice Hoffmans best novels is the continuation to Stephens adult life In this novel Stephen is exposed to the real world At the age of three and a half he was the only survivor in an airplane crash in the wilds of northern Michigan A family of wolves raised him entirely apart from people Later in his adulthood he was caught by trappers and sent to a medical centre in New York City for rehabilitation He was introduced to the world as patient 3119 or more familiarly as the Wolf Man He refuses to talk listen to anyone He wouldnt even make eye contact with his therapists Eventually he was shipped off to a locked ward of an upstate psychiatric hospital where he would be kept as a forgotten secrete sealed and removed from society But something happened on the day he was suppose to be shipped off a woman named Robin who was effected by the way this poor man was handcuffed like a criminal She managed to help Stephen escape and took him to her home The story continues with Stephens way of discovering what he had not seen in many years and those that he has not seen at all As a reader you also get to share those special moments where Stephen steps back into when he was young and compares these two lifestyles that he has encountered It is thrilling to see what Stephen experience laughter and joy for the first time The story goes on with how Stephen learns to interact with different people and the society itself It was really interesting to see Stephen catch up and adapt to the real world He met many people and made many friends He met this one man named Old Dick who was also close with Robin Stephen shared his past and new experiences with Old Dick They had a lot to learn from
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