As a medic he was more picturesque than other students, for medics are reputed to know secrets, horrors, exhilarating wickednesses.
He managed to feel guilty toward Leora without any of the reputed joys of being guilty.
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He is reputed to be intelligent
In fifth grade, I went out with K-5, widely reputed to be the nastiest girl in school because she always seemed to be the one who started lice outbreaks. and she kissed me on the lips out of nowhere during recess one day while I was trying to read Huck Finn in the sandbox, and that was my first kiss, and later that day she dumped me because boys were gross.