Ward and June receive a letter from Aunt Martha informing them that she is arriving for a visit in three days, but more importantly that she wants to send Beaver to Fallbrook for high school, one of the best prep schools in the country located in New England. If Beaver decides to go, he will be the fourth generation of Bronsons to attend the school. Ward and June encourage Beaver to accept Aunt Martha's offer as it will be a great opportunity for him, but they doubt if he will want to go. To their surprise, Beaver, after quickly focusing on all the interesting things available to do at Fallbrook compared to Mayfield High such as horseback riding and shooting, is eager to accept, and wants to let Aunt Martha know by telephone even before her arrival. After telling Aunt Martha the news, Beaver just as quickly changes his mind when he realizes everything he will be missing by leaving, such as his friends, family and everything he has known all his life. He has to figure out a way to tell... Written by
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When June is sad that Beaver might go away to school, Ward comforts her with a reference to Joseph Kennedy's "first son" going off to Washington, undoubtedly a reference to President John F. Kennedy. However, Joseph Kennedy's first son was John's older brother, Joseph Kennedy, Jr., who was killed in 1944 during World War II. See more
[Aunt Martha wants to send Beaver to a prep school, but he has decided he wants to stay in Mayfield
Beaver, you've put everyone on a spot here. But, of course, we're not going to force you to go to a school you don't want to go to.
Gee, thanks Dad. And when you tell Aunt Martha, will you please not make me sound like it's a little rat.
Me tell Aunt Martha? Oh, no, young man. You got yourself into this and you're going to get yourself out. If you were old enough and capable enough to ...