professional educator who takes a special interest in extra-precocious children.
(He was twelve during most of the sessions, and it’s possible that the train rides—ten of them—held some attraction for him, at least in the beginning.) The main purpose of the five tests, one gathered, was to isolate and study, if possible, the source of Zooey’s precocious wit and fancy.
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She was a precocious child who always pointed to logical flaws in her parents’ rules.
precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias