The reunion had lasted a week. As they packed for home, his father, in a far too offhand way, had suggested they visit Chig’s grandmother. “We might as well drop in on her and my brother’s.” So, instead of going north, they just had gone farther south, had just entered her house. And Chig had a suspicion now that the reunion had only been an excuse to drive south, that his father had been heading to this house all the time. His father had never talked much about his family, with the exception of his brother, GL, who seemed part con man, part practical joker and part Don Juan; he had spoken of GL with the kind of indulgence he would have shown a cute, but ill-behaved and potentially dangerous, five-year-old. Chig’s father had left home when he was fifteen. When asked why, he would answer: “I wanted to go to school. They didn’t have a Negro high school at home, so I went up to Knoxville and lived with a cousin and went to school.

Dose it mean that He talked about his brother with abnegation like someone who would have shown his emotions toward a cute, but ill-behaved and potentially dangerous, five-year-old?

(GL is Doctor Charles 's brother and Doctor Charles after so long wanted to visit his family)

Source: Based on a short story named: A Visit to Grandmother by William Melvin Kelley.

Thanks in advance.

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    It doesn't exactly mean he described his brother as being a cute (but ill-behaved and potentially dangerous) five-year-old. Simply that the way the father spoke about GL was "indulgent, forgiving" - showing the same kind of indulgence that he would have shown to that kind of 5-year-old. You might think there's some implication that GL is in fact "cute, but ill-behaved and potentially dangerous", but that's not explicitly stated. And it's a racing certainty GL isn't actually a 5-year-old. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 7 '18 at 16:35
  • Thank you for your comment, I chenged my understanding in my question. am I right in this way? – Viser Hashemi Nov 7 '18 at 17:07
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    It doesn't actually say anything directly at all about GL himself. All it says is that GL's father talked about him "indulgently, fondly" (the way he might have talked about that kind of 5-year-old, as I already said). A mother might talk to her baby they way she would talk to her cat, but that doesn't mean she thinks (or is saying) that her baby is a cat. Arguably it's implied that GL is at least like a cute, but ill-behaved and potentially dangerous, five-year-old, but that's not explicitly stated (and of course we know GL isn't really a 5-year-old). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 7 '18 at 17:18
  • Lots of thanks for your answer. You mean he talked about his brother fondly like someone who would have shown his emotions toward a cute, but ill-behaved and potentially dangerous, five-year-old. – Viser Hashemi Nov 7 '18 at 18:10
  • The main clue is: to be indulgent towards someone. – Lambie Nov 7 '18 at 22:14

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