The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Pathology of Lying, Etc. by William and Mary Healy:|
employed by a certain legal concern, and once he tried to pass
himself off for an officer of a court.
The father willingly came to see us and proved to be a somewhat
excitable, but intelligent man of good reputation. We obtained a
very good history before studying the boy himself. Mr. von X.
began by informing us that we had a pretty difficult case on our
hands, and when we spoke of the boy's ambition he became very
sarcastic. He stated that up to the time when the boy left
school in Hamburg he had only been able to get to the equivalent
of our third grade. To be sure, it is true that Adolf had
learned English quickly and much more readily than any one else