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In the book Gentlehands Buddy Boyle is faced with many first impressions from different characters that he interacts with Some of these first impressions are accurate and truthful yet others are just merely a disguise for the real person underneath In this novel Buddy learns how hard it is to go against a certain impression he obtained from a character in the book after he has already got to know the person For Buddy this is the most difficult idea to comprehend yet if he doesnt soon he will regret everything he had trusted within that person Out of all of the first impressions Buddy is confronted with grandpa Trenker has the most perplexing one of all At first Buddy only has the influence of his mother and fathers perspective towards him from the past experiences his mother had as a child Buddy visits his grandfather for the second time in his life with Skye Pennington his girlfriend On that very night Buddys impression of grandpa Trenker is not of his parents perspective but of his own He gets the idea that grandpa is a warm and loving man who loves to tend to his garden and take care of hurt animals Buddy grows deeper into this impression and soon enough has such a strong confidence that he begins to go against his own parents and friends when an evil rumor about grandpa Trenker evolves As Buddy later finds out this evil rumor was actually a horrific truth Grandpa was an SS officer during WW II named Gentlehands Even though its too late Buddy finally realizes that even though grandpa was loving and generous towards everyone he was still known as the evil SS officer Gentlehands Buddys first impression of this loving man has now turned sour due to this horrific truth which he had tried so hard to ignore Another first impression that was misleading for Buddy was that of DeLuccas When Buddy
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