* HoYay: In the third chapter, Reuven is surprisingly happy to see Danny, who had almost blinded him just a few days earlier. In the fifth, he is looking up at the sky and thinks, randomly, that it's the same color as Danny's eyes. And that's ''before'' they become close.
* IronWoobie: Danny. Reuven too, because being a friend of an IronWoobie makes it contagious.
** Even Rebbe Saunders, in a weird way.
* ValuesDissonance: Many would consider raising in silence to be abusive and, at the least, it is a strange way to teach compassion.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic : This is Chaim Potok. There's always something symbolic.
* TheWoobie: Daniel Saunders