Zach enjoys birdwatching with Mr. Cleveland, but in climbing on a plaque to get up to a tree he breaks it and doesn't get why Mr. Cleveland is so worked up over it, especially when he shows confusion over why anyone would care about such an aged thing. Plato explains the meaning of one of the words on it, "loyalty", by telling the stories of "Yudisthira at Heaven's Gate", where a king is challenged to choose between a companion and his dreams, and "The Cap That Mother Made", where a boy is tempted with great things for something he values. When Plato remembers that the plaque was a war memorial and Zach remembers that Mr. Cleveland knew someone who died in World War II, Plato also brings up the story of the Jewess Persian queen Esther, who had to make the choice of risking life itself if she wished to save her own people. Even the poem "The Thousandth Man" shows how strong and great true loyalty is. Written by
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Loyalty can be very powerful.
To tell you the truth, Plato, I don't even know what it means.
Well, it's when you're devoted to someone else. The way kids are devoted to their parents.
[strides over holding the book he just dug up to where Sock holds the binoculars watching him laughing
Oh, you're just a laugh-*riot* today!
Or like when friends know they can rely on each other.
[the two look at each other and grin good-naturedly
One in a Thousand
Performed by Randy Crenshaw
Composed by J.A.C. Redford
and Marcus Hummon See more