It was obvious to Pellar that Cristov was looking for a friend, a surrogate older brother, someone to train him in what was right and how to live in the world. Pellar was amazed that the boy had already decided that Tarik was no such guide, had decided to abandon him for some other mentor. He understood Cristov; a wave of sympathy and regret swept over him…

How many children on Pern, he wondered, were like Cristov — trying to do their best without example?

Anne McCaffrey & Todd McCaffrey, Dragon’s Fire

living a life without example is probably the saddest thing ever. then again, countless have done it and outdid their poor example models…

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